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At Auto Guangzhou 2020, Xpeng Inc., a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle company, has announced it’s significantly upgraded its autonomous driving software and hardware systems for the 2021 production models.

The company says it’s become the first car manufacturer to adopt Lidar (laser for imaging, detection and ranging) as a new hardware component for its next-generation autonomous driving architecture, significantly improving the vehicle’s high-precision object recognition performance.

Its next-generation autonomous driving architecture will achieve an advanced level of navigation-guided autonomous driving, with wide coverage of different road conditions, low manual takeover rates, and longer continuous autonomous driving times.

The new system also covers multiple weather conditions and situations for city and highway driving, including urban congestion, expressways, underground parking lots, toll gates, tunnels and night driving conditions.

He Xiaopeng, Chairman & CEO of Xpeng, says: “Introducing Lidar technology into production vehicles is a breakthrough in popularizing autonomous driving, and an endorsement of our in-house R&D process. Our customers will benefit from this premium advanced technology, which makes autonomous driving more driver-friendly, safe and effective.”

Founded in 2015, Xpeng Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets Smart EVs in China an SUV (the G3) and a four-door sports sedan (the P7).

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