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NIO (NYSE: NIO) appears to be attracting a lot of XPeng (NYSE: XPEV) talent, and the trend continues.
Liu Fanfan, formerly vice general manager of XPeng's Internet center, has joined NIO as head of its navigation and location services division, local media outlet LatePost reported today.
Liu reports to Zhang Lei, NIO's vice president of digital cockpit and software development, and is also the head of smart cockpit delivery for NIO's NT 3.0 platform models, according to the report.
NIO is phasing out the NT 1.0 platform and transitioning its models to the NT 2.0 platform. The company's sub-brand models, which it plans to begin delivering next year, will be based on the next-generation NT 3.0 platform, according to the previously announced information.
Liu, who has worked for in-car navigation provider Telenav for more than 10 years, joined XPeng in March 2018 and was responsible for the map navigation, in-car systems and app ecosystem business at the Internet center.
During his time at the company, XPeng Internet center developed the in-car system Xmart OS, which debuted on the XPeng G3 in late 2018.
Xmart OS was upgraded to version 2.1.0 in October 2020, and introduced a full-scene voice interaction feature that allows control of 90 percent of XPeng's in-house developed applications by voice, the report noted.
XPeng's team expanded rapidly after its Hong Kong listing in June 2021, growing to nearly 14,000 people by the end of 2021, more than twice the size of the team at the end of 2020.
However, XPeng's team has undergone significant restructuring in 2022, with many of its mid-level R&D staff and executives leaving to join NIO between last year and this year, the LatePost report noted.
Last April, Harry Wong, formerly XPeng's director of self-driving products, officially joined NIO to take charge of the self-driving experience.
On September 6 last year, local automotive website Xchuxing reported that the former XPeng's head of voice recognition, Zhao Hengyi, had left in March and he would join NIO.
LatePost reported today that Zhao joined NIO ahead of Liu and is responsible for businesses including virtual voice assistant Nomi, reporting to Ted Li, NIO's head of product experience.