Tencent technology news, April 15: Wu Xinzhou, vice president of automatic driving research and development of Xiaopeng automobile, said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that the company is considering manufacturing self-developed automatic driving chips to maintain its leading position in the competition.
Xiaopeng on Wednesday launched a new electric car called the P5. The car is equipped with lidar, which is light detection and ranging technology, and uses lasers to map the scene around the car. This is essential to enable some of the built-in autopilot features of the P5. At present, the autopilot technology of P5 uses NVIDIA's chip, and the digital cockpit in the car uses Qualcomm's chip.
Designing its own chip can make Xiaopeng better control the integration of hardware and software. The company has been focusing on its own technology development to differentiate itself from its competitors in China's highly competitive electric vehicle market. Xiaopeng automobile not only competes with traditional automobile manufacturers and start-ups, but also more and more technology companies such as Baidu and Xiaomi have joined the competition.
Chinese technology companies pay more and more attention to independent chip development. Baidu raised money for its chip business last month, and Xiaomi launched a new camera chipset on its latest flagship smartphone. (compiled by Tencent technology / Wuji)