Xpeng Motors held a take a look at drive media occasion in Guangzhou, China, final week to show its upcoming Navigation Guided Pilot system (NGP). About 100 journalists have been invited and had the chance to drive an Xpeng P7 with a beta model of XPilot 3.0’s NGP.
Xpeng additionally gave the journalists the chance to drive a Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot alongside the identical route later within the day, so they may examine how each methods carried out beneath the identical street circumstances. Resulting from COVID-19 journey restrictions, InsideEVs could not attend the occasion, however we have been capable of have a neighborhood journalist, Mark Andrews, report his expertise for us.
Mark is joined by native EV advocate, Jefferson Teng, for the Mannequin 3 drive and the 2 talk about their observations. Teng owns an Xpeng G3 and an Xpeng P7, so he is clearly an Xpeng fan, and that must be considering when contemplating his opinions. Mark, nonetheless, is a really balanced reporter that we have labored with earlier than and he would not favor anyone model – he calls it as he sees it.
Mark Andrews in entrance of an Xpeng P7 earlier than the take a look at drive.
It is also noteworthy that Mark didn’t have any expertise with both system earlier than this occasion. Xpeng’s NGP was simply launched in beta kind within the autos used for this occasion and Mark did not understand how Autopilot will disengage and limit its use in the event you do not tug the steering wheel when it prompts you to.
The truth that the Mannequin 3’s instrumentation was in Chinese language definitely added to the confusion, as a result of Mark could not learn the warning that was alerting him to seize the steering wheel. It may need been a extra thorough comparability if Andrew’s has extra expertise with Tesla’s autopilot system.
It is a lengthy video so we have timestamped a few of the completely different sections:
@3:10 Mark’s introduction
@4:58 Mark begins Xpeng P7 with NGP street take a look at
@18:05 Tesla Mannequin 3 take a look at drive begins
@30:50 Mark and Jefferson supply closing ideas on the comparability
Xpeng’s new navigation system’s surrounding actuality show
It is also essential to level out that Xpeng’s NGP is optimized for Chinese language street circumstances and Tesla’s Autopilot is not. That may’t be emphasised sufficient as a result of there is no one-size-fits-all method for superior driver’s help methods. Visitors patterns, freeway exit/entrances, and street guidelines differ world wide and Xpeng has instructed us they do not imagine Tesla can have the most effective ASAD in China due to that.
The software program should be optimized for the surroundings it is going to be utilized in, and for that cause, electrical car producers in China like Xpeng and NIO are assured they’ll have higher self-driving know-how than Tesla will on home roads. They do admit the benefit might be in Tesla’s nook in terms of adapting their methods for European and North American roads however imagine they’ll compete there as nicely.
Since we did not take part within the take a look at drive occasion, we’re not ready to say one system was higher than the opposite. As a substitute, we included quite a lot of footage we acquired so our readers can watch and see how every system carried out beneath related circumstances.
No matter “who received”, it is clear that Xpeng is shifting ahead quickly with its ADAS, and might be one of many firms main the cost into what’s going to in the end be totally autonomous vehicles. That is excellent news in our opinion, the extra competitors the higher.