XPeng has released the feature as part of its Xmart OS 2.6.0 over-the-air (OTA) upgrade. Along with the Valet Parking Assist (VPA) beta, over 10 additional new and optimized autonomous driving and voice assistance functions were given to P7 customers in China.
Valet Parking Assist (VPA) is XPeng’s new automatic parking assistance function, designed for ultra-slow-speed driving scenarios, such as garages and parking spaces. It is the first automatic parking function to perform “last kilometer” automatic parking that does not rely on modifications to parking spaces.
VPA can perform memory-based automatic parking on the same level within 1,000 meters from the memorized parking space, enhancing user convenience. Based on the route set by the driver, VPA will automatically drive the vehicle from beginning to end – turning automatically, avoiding pedestrians and other vehicles, bypassing other obstacles, and parking automatically in the space memorized by the system. Having set the route in advance, the driver can turn on the VPA function when entering the area where the parking space is located. The vehicle will then locate the parking space and park automatically.
VPA can memorize up to 100 parking spaces, and can recognize static elements such as parking spaces, speed bumps, pillars, and parked vehicles, as well as dynamic elements, including moving vehicles and pedestrians. The function does not require modification by installing Bluetooth, LiDAR, Wi-Fi, cameras, or any other sensors and devices, and can be used in ordinary, unmodified, indoor parking garages.
Through voice, images, and other cues, the driver receives a dynamic view of the current driving route, target parking space, and associated actions – allowing a comprehensive understanding of the system and parking situation.
VPA is also able to handle complex parking scenarios – including those with incoming and outgoing traffic, pedestrian shuttles, and multiple dynamic elements.
VPA is available for the XPeng P7 Premium version and the Wing edition, both of which are equipped with the XPILOT 3.0 hardware system (with software services activated). Anyone using VPA will need to pass a driver safety test before activating it for the first time.