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Smart EV company adds surrounding reality for navigation-assisted autonomous driving

The SR autonomous driving display integrates the data of Amap’s high-precision maps, including real-time traffic information, lane-level road conditions, and traffic forecasts.

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The system uses AI and high-precision maps to provide accurate lane-level navigation
The system uses AI and high-precision maps to provide accurate lane-level navigation

Chinese smart electric vehicle (smart EV) company XPeng Incorporated announced that it will be the world’s first automaker to deploy Amap’s third generation in-car navigation system.

 

As a result, XPeng claims its P7 EV sedan will be the first mass-production vehicle to use a surrounding reality (SR) display for navigation assisted autonomous driving.

 

In-car navigation system

 

Amap is a navigation and location-based services provider. Its 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, according to Amap. 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, the company reports.

 

The SR display function ‘redefines’ driver-vehicle interaction, Amap claims. 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 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”

The SR autonomous driving display integrates the 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.

 

In beta test driving for a cumulative distance of 7,718km, conducted on highways in Guangzhou during a five-day period in January, XPeng reports its NGP function required only 0.77 driver interventions per 100km driven, and achieved a lane change and overtake success rate of 98.6 per cent, and a success rate of almost 90 per cent when entering and leaving highway junctions.

 

“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,” said Dr Xinzhou Wu, vice president of XPeng.

 

“We will further deepen this partnership to lead the smart EV transformation and to optimise our customers’ driving experience.”

 

According to QuestMobile, Amap has more than 570 million monthly active users as of September 2020. Currently, Amap’s high-precision maps cover some 300,000 kilometres of highways and urban expressways, and it is expanding coverage of ordinary urban roads. Its real-time road condition updates cover 360 cities and 95 per cent of the highway network across China.

 

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