Xpeng Motor’s new P7 smart electric vehicle to roll out in China this month
Xpeng Motors, a leading Chinese electric vehicle and technology company, announced that its P7 smart electric sports sedan will roll out in China on April 27. The Xpeng P7 features the Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier platform for its XPILOT3.0. Signaling the EV maker’s confidence in NVIDIA’s AI compute platform, Xpeng also announced it will leverage the Drive platform for its next production model.
According to the company, the super-long range smart sedan Xpeng P7 is its first intelligent EV to be powered by the Nvidia Drive AGX platform, which features the high-performance, energy-efficient Xavier system-on-a-chip (SoC). It is equipped with 12 ultrasonic sensors, five high-precision millimeter-wave radars, 13 autonomous driving cameras, plus one in-car camera with HD map and high-precision positioning. The smart electric sedan is attempting to bring several autonomous driving feature-firsts to Chinese customers, including Level 3-ready full-scenario autonomous driving functions for highways, urban roads, and valet parking.
Delivering 30 TOPS (trillions of operations per second) of performance while consuming only 30 watts of power, the company says Xavier is the first production-level SoC dedicated to automated and autonomous driving that meets today’s safety standards and regulatory requirements. Architected for safety, it reportedly offers the redundancy and diversity necessary to process data from a variety of sensors.
“Our successful collaboration with Nvidia was critical to the development and production of our P7,” said Xinzhou Wu, Vice President of Autonomous Driving at Xpeng. “Backed by the performance and energy efficiency of Xavier, we’ve been able to accelerate and outpace our peers in the creation of this safe, intelligent, feature-rich sedan--at a price point that makes it an ideal solution in today’s highly competitive EV market.”
“We are very excited to expand our collaboration with Nvidia for our next-gen EV production model, which will offer more competitive, user-friendly, and safer autonomous driving features to a broader customer base,” added Wu.
The P7 leverages Nvidia from end to end, starting with its AI infrastructure for development of Xpeng’s own self-driving deep neural networks. Inside the vehicle, the open Nvidia Drive OS enables the EV maker to run its proprietary autonomous driving software, XPILOT3.0, and deliver continual over-the-air updates critical for future autonomous driving capability advancements. The company is also using Nvidia Xavier’s Deep Learning Accelerators for AI inference used in Level 3 operation.
This past month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) verified that the Xpeng P7’s driving range reached 706 km (438 mi) NEDC, which makes it the longest range EV in China.
“Consumers in China will soon have access to Xpeng’s smart, highly automated EVs, which are backed by the processing power, efficiency, safety, and scalability of Nvidia Xavier,” said Rishi Dhall, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles at Nvidia. “We’re also working closely with Xpeng on its next-generation intelligent EV roadmap to bolster their autonomous capabilities.”
Recently, The Xpeng P7 received its import permit for research purposes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Such permits allow vehicles manufactured outside the U.S. to be tested on public roads in the United States. The EV maker has also received a renewed Autonomous Vehicles Testing Permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the California State Transportation Agency.
The company is actively exploring potential opportunities for adopting the new family of Nvidia’s Orin platform for its future generation of smart EVs, given its strong architectural compatibility with the Xavier platform.
The company announced in November 2019 its $400 million Series C capital funding from a group of strategic and institutional investors. Alongside its leading strategic investor Alibaba Corporation, Xiaomi Corporation has joined as a new strategic investor.
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