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31 Oct 2022
The XPENG Robotaxi Fleet, Flying Car, and Robots Are Being Prepared
XPENG is gearing up to launch its flying car and Robaxin fleets, the world's first fully electric model and the first with an AI interface.
The vehicle manufacturer said that its latest G9 SUV had become the first mass-produced vehicle in China to be certified as having completed an autonomous driving closed-field test.
"Obtaining the road test permit by our mass-produced commercial vehicles – with no retrofit – is a major achievement.
"Our platform-based Robotaxi development aims to generate significant cost benefits and ensure product quality, safety, and user experience." So said Dr. Wu on the fourth annual Tech Day.
The G9 is an auto that uses XNGP, an advanced driving assistant from XPENG. It is designed for the busiest city streets, yet it can adapt well to highways.
NXGP has significant hardware upgrades such as 508 TOPS computing power, a dual-LiDAR system, 8-megapixel HD cameras, and a new software architecture called NXnet backed by a closed-loop, self-evolving AI and data system.
XPENG claims XNet is the company's next-generation software architecture, using a neural network to replace manual logic, "a self-evolving data-driven algorithm."
Developed by XPENG AEROHT, the latest version of its vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flying car was also unveiled.
Its latest version uses a distributed multi-rotor configuration to enhance flight safety and reliability. In addition, XPENG has completed multiple single-motor failure tests during its maiden flight.
A conventional car uses the steering wheel and gear lever in "driving mode," while in "flight mode," the steering wheel and gear lever are used to move forward and backward, turn, ascend, descend, and hover.
The company's latest robot prototype features a more sophisticated mechanical structure that is more efficient in transmissions and exerts a stronger torque; it uses a more high-end auto-grade computing platform and has a more sophisticated battery and thermal management system.
Its motion control system has also been upgraded to react to various indoor and outdoor terrain conditions, such as stairs, steep slopes, and gravel roads.
"Our strong technological R&D capabilities allow us to fulfill customer needs with innovations. Driven by our vision of 'tech for the greater good and customers' evolving demands, we continue to reach technical breakthroughs and set new industry benchmarks.
"Our staunch IP also provides significant barriers to entry, propelling our considerable head start. Each component we originate for our mobility ecosystem strengthens our proprietary platform and competitive advantage while providing a springboard for our significant future growth." Said He Xiaopeng, Chairman & CEO of XPENG.
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