XPeng Inc., a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle company, announced that it will be the world’s first auto maker to deploy Amap’s 3rd-generation in-car navigation system. The XPeng P7 smart EV sedan will be the first mass production vehicle to use a Surrounding Reality (SR) display for navigation assisted autonomous driving.
Amap is China’s leading mapping, navigation and location-based services provider. Designed for intelligent driving, Amap’s 3rd-generation in-car navigation system leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) visual technology and high precision maps to provide highly accurate lane-level navigation, delivering co-guidance for both vehicle and driver. By integrating navigation with high-precision maps, it operates as both an infotainment and autonomous driving feature. Precision navigation tracks, not only the current road, but also individual lanes. Dynamic information and autonomous driving decision information are accurately matched with lane-level navigation, so that the driver can perceive the vehicle’s driving status more intuitively in real time.
According to QuestMobile, Amap has over 570 million monthly active users as of September 2020. Currently, Amap’s high precision maps cover over 300,000 kilometers of highways and urban expressways, and are expanding coverage of ordinary urban roads. Its real-time road condition updates cover 360+ cities and 95% of the highway network across China.
The SR display function redefines driver-vehicle interaction. When the Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) function is in use, the status of the vehicle and its surrounding environment are clearly and vividly displayed in 3D rendering on the central panel, enhancing the user’s driving experience and sense of safety. The SR autonomous driving display integrates the more comprehensive, accurate, and real-time data of Amap’s high precision maps, including real-time traffic information, lane-level road conditions, and traffic forecasts, to offer a superior experience of lane-level navigation assisted autonomous driving.
“The strong partnership between XPeng and Amap developed the NGP function that adds extraordinary value to users. The NGP seamlessly incorporates high-precision maps into autonomous driving, coordinating the maps with perception and planning, and delivers the outcome at the user interface level. We will further deepen this partnership to lead the smart EV transformation and to optimize our customers’ driving experience,” said Dr. Xinzhou Wu, Vice President of XPeng.
XPeng has integrated Amap’s navigation information with its NGP function, not only providing the driver with a clearer SR 3D rendering display, but also assisting drivers to make judgments, delivering a safer driving experience. XPeng’s NGP technology demands higher-precision maps with greater accuracy, comprehensive coverage, rich detail, better driver-vehicle interaction, reliability, real-time navigability and location identification.
XPeng’s NGP highway navigation solution conducts navigation assisted autonomous driving from point A to B based on the navigation route set by the driver. The new NGP function performs automatic speed limit adjustment, automatic switching to highways, optimized lane choices, automatic entering and exiting ramps, and automatic overtaking, making highway driving a safer, smoother, easier and more pleasant experience. In beta test driving for a cumulative distance of 7,718 km, conducted on highways in Guangzhou during 11 to 15 January, XPeng’s NGP function required only 0.77 driver interventions per 100km driven, and achieved a lane change and overtake success rate of 98.65%, and a success rate of 89.52% when entering and exiting highway ramps.
The new SR display for autonomous driving functions enhances safety by offering better presentation of the vehicle status to the driver, including:
– Clear status display to show who is in control
– Clear boundaries to define what conditions require driver’s intervention
– Clear guidelines to alert the driver when to intervene
With clear boundaries and division of responsibilities, the NGP ensures the status of the vehicle is clearly defined. The driver is informed when he/she needs to take over, through accurate risk scenario identification and clear hierarchical takeover reminders.