Xiaopeng Motors and Tesla Pinching Each Other Again

  • Xiaopeng Motors CEO He Xiaopeng posted a tweet, suspected to respond to Musk's claim that Xiaopeng stole technology.
  • Musk: “(Xpeng Auto’s autopilot software) is indeed our inspiration, but this is an old Tesla software version, so the effect is limited."
  • Tesla and Xiaopeng Motors have been accused of technology plagiarism for a long time.

At the Guangzhou Auto Show, Xiaopeng Motors announced that its next-generation automatic driving architecture will include lidar technology, which will improve its next-generation automatic driving architecture, especially the high-precision target recognition performance of the vehicle.

At the Guangzhou Auto Show, Xiaopeng Motors announced that its next-generation automatic driving architecture will include lidar technology, which will improve its next-generation automatic driving architecture, especially the high-precision target recognition performance of the vehicle.

Xiaopeng Motors CEO He Xiaopeng posted a tweet, suspected to respond to Musk’s claim that Xiaopeng stole technology. He said: “I would like to say that rumor-mongering has long proved that you can’t beat any competitor,” he wrote.

“Starting next year, in the Chinese autopilot field, you have to be prepared to be beaten by us to find out where the East is,” he said, adding, “As for the international market, we will meet.”

At the Guangzhou Auto Show, Xiaopeng Motors announced that its next-generation automatic driving architecture will include lidar technology, which will improve its next-generation automatic driving architecture, especially the high-precision target recognition performance of the vehicle.

“Introducing Lidar technology into production vehicles is a breakthrough in popularizing autonomous driving, and an endorsement of our in-house R&D process.

Our customers will benefit from this premium advanced technology, which makes autonomous driving more driver-friendly, safe and effective,” said He Xiaopeng, Chairman & CEO of Xpeng.

Tesla and Xiaopeng Motors have been accused of technology plagiarism for a long time. The most recent time was on December 22, 2019. After the foreign media CleanTechnica published an article entitled “Xiaopeng Motors independently developed autonomous driving technology to keep it low,” Musk commented on “in-house research and development ” with teasing.

Less than an hour later, Musk stated his position in reply to a netizen, “(Xpeng Auto’s autopilot software) is indeed our inspiration, but this is an old Tesla software version, so the effect is limited.”

At the beginning of 2019, Tesla and Xiaopeng Motors had already formed a bridge. At that time, Tesla sued Xiaopeng Motors for plagiarizing Autopilot’s code, and brought to court Cao Guangzhi, who was a Tesla senior engineer and later moved to Xiaopeng Motors as the head of perception.

Cao Guangzhi also admitted that at the end of 2018, he backed up a compressed file containing AutoPilot source code to his iCloud account, but the file was deleted when he left his job.

Regarding Tesla’s approach, He Xiaopeng, chairman of Xiaopeng Motors, believes that Tesla is attacking competitors in the name of civil lawsuits.

Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla’s current products include electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services.

Xiaopeng Motors first took out executives from Tesla in October 2017. At that time, Gu Junli, one of the core creators of Autopilot 2.0 and the head of Tesla’s machine learning team, joined Xiaopeng Motors as the vice president of autonomous driving research and development and reported to He Xiaopeng.

At present, auto companies and startups have a high demand for autonomous driving technical personnel, and the phenomenon of personnel flow between companies and talent digging is very common.

Technology flows with the talent team, and the resulting technical property rights issues are also a headache for technology companies.

Not long ago, Musk revealed at the Shanghai World Artificial Intelligence Conference through video that Tesla will complete the development and testing of the basic functions of L5 autonomous driving by the end of this year, leading other car companies. Currently, Tesla has conducted multiple FSD function tests in the United States.

For Xiaopeng, the competition between P7 and Tesla’s domestically produced Model 3 in the Chinese market is also very fierce. On October 1, 2020, Tesla’s domestically-produced Model 3 significantly reduced the price of Xiaopeng P7 sales. Official data show that the number of deliveries of Xiaopeng Motors in October fell 12.5% ​​from the previous month.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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