Right this moment on the Guangzhou Motor Present, Xpeng Motors (NYSE: XPEV), introduced its next-generation autonomous driving structure will embody Lidar expertise.

Xpeng introduced it has considerably upgraded its autonomous driving software program and {hardware} programs for the 2021 manufacturing fashions making Xpeng the primary automobile producer on the planet to combine Lidar expertise into manufacturing automobiles. 

The corporate tells us that the lidar programs will enhance its next-generation autonomous driving structure, particularly by enhancing the car’s high-precision object recognition efficiency. 

Xpeng P7

“Introducing Lidar expertise into manufacturing automobiles is a breakthrough in popularizing autonomous driving, and an endorsement of our in-house R&D course of. Our clients will profit from this premium superior expertise, which makes autonomous driving extra driver-friendly, secure and efficient,” mentioned He Xiaopeng, Chairman & CEO of Xpeng.

The brand new {hardware} structure is a mix of high-definition (HD) cameras, millimeter-wave radars, ultrasonic sensors, Lidar, high-precision positioning and mapping programs, all powered by a high-performance computing platform.

Xpeng’s new ASAD programs might be outfitted with a complete of 32 sensors. Xpeng claims that the system gives the strongest {hardware} redundancy accessible right now, successfully avoiding single-system failure to ship enhanced security safety. It can additionally cowl extra utilization eventualities, successfully enabling Xpeng automobiles to carry out low-speed Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) capabilities for metropolis driving.

This next-generation autonomous driving structure will ship main enhancements, together with: 

The XPU autonomous driving clever management unit integrates car management and parking capabilities, making decision-making and execution extra environment friendly. On the similar time, by streamlining the variety of controllers and wiring harnesses, the burden of the system is decreased. 

The actual-time kinematic (RTK) terminal is upgraded from 4G to 5G, supporting exact positioning with high-precision maps for high-speed roads in addition to city roads. A brand new positioning scheme (IMU+GNSS+RTK (5G) with high-precision maps for each highways and metropolis roads is adopted to realize centimeter-level accuracy. With pinpoint positioning, latency decreased to milliseconds, and a driving situation protection charge of over 97.5%, the scheme gives excessive robustness, masking a variety of terrain, high-rise buildings, and underground parking-lot occlusion eventualities.

The adoption of Lidar expertise will considerably enhance the accuracy of horizontal and vertical place identification, and spatial decision (tremendous excessive decision <0.1°), whereas providing a notion functionality that’s unaffected by ambient gentle. Via the fusion of imaginative and prescient + millimeter-wave radar + ultrasonic sensor + Lidar, the system’s efficiency in goal detection and measurement decision, is considerably improved even in eventualities with out ample lighting, delivering near-perfect notion efficiency.

The high-performance computing platform will even be considerably upgraded from 30 TOPS (tera operations per second) to over 200 TOPS sooner or later, delivering an almost tenfold improve in computing energy from ten trillion instances per second to a number of hundred trillion instances per second. The system is designed with the capability to additional improve computing energy, supporting the implementation of even higher-level autonomous driving capabilities.

We just lately had the glory of being the very first news outlet in North America to drive the Xpeng P7 in the US. We have been impressed with the efficiency and worth the long-range sports activities sedan has to supply. 

Xpeng tells us that this next-generation autonomous driving structure will obtain a complicated stage of navigation-guided autonomous driving, with a large protection of various highway circumstances, low handbook takeover charges, and longer steady autonomous driving instances. The brand new system additionally covers a number of climate circumstances and conditions for metropolis and freeway driving, together with city congestion, expressways, underground parking tons, toll gates, tunnels, and evening driving circumstances.

We predict it is a vital step ahead for Xpeng, in addition to for autonomous driving expertise. Whereas not everyone seems to be satisfied that Lidar is critical for totally autonomous vehicles, others do consider that it is the most secure path and solely time will inform which method proves finest. 

Tesla, for example, would not consider lidar expertise is critical for autonomous driving, whereas firms like Lucid Motors and Xpeng do. We would wish to know what you suppose – tell us within the remark part beneath.