This week Xpeng became the first automaker to receive the autonomous car road test permit of Guangzhou in commercial vehicles, as announced by the firm itself. will now start to test autonomous functions in the G9 SUV.
To do this, the firm had to carry out Software updates on the car in question. Although no hardware changes were necessary.
Obtaining the self-driving road test permit for a commercial vehicle is a strong endorsement of our in-depth capabilities of R&D and autonomous driving software”, said Dr. Xinzhou Wu, Vice President of Xpeng Autonomous Driving Center.
“Our approach by using mass-produced commercial vehicles to explore mobility solutions will build a strong foundation for achieving economies of scale.. The significant profitability brings us one step closer to the commercialization of robotaxis in the future”he added.
Xpeng wants to leverage its platform-based technology stack to train its driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. In this way, the development of software for its autonomous cars will be accelerated.
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The Xpen G9 is a electric crossover five-seat offering 543HP Y 528 lb-ft of torque in its powerful version. This model is focused on the range, so it offers 436 mile range.
In addition, its 800 V technology allows it to be the «Fastest-charging mass-produced SUV in the world.” It will only take five minutes to recover 124 miles (200 km) of autonomy, while charging from 10 to 80% will take 15 minutes.
Deliveries of the vehicle began in China last month with prices ¥309,900 ($42,441 USD at the current exchange rate). It is estimated that the G9 will reach foreign markets, since it was designed for that purpose.
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