It increasingly seems like software-centric Vision-S wants to hit the market over time.
Sony was much surprised last year when it unveiled its Vision-S electric car limousine at CES. Of course, it was just a prototype, not a production car, and the pile of camera, sensor, AI chip, speaker, display interface and 5G modem were the most indicative: the Japanese wanted to demonstrate Sony’s aptitude in the EV era in the new decade in terms of technology and consumer electronics. .
However, the Vision-S was not introduced in a wild form typical of prototypes, but in fact with street tickets suitable for mass production, and the development of the vehicle continued in Japan and Graz, Austria.
Sony is a magna Steyr built (and probably using its platform) a 2 x 200 kW electric-powered, all-wheel-drive prototype that had been announced at CES this year in recent months, along with license plates for testing and data collection.
According to the video, the evolution of the Vision-S has entered the next phase and, among other things, safety is being tested on the roads, and the number of self-driving / driving assist sensors has been increased from 33 to 40 in one year.
Let’s not forget: Sony is in an outstanding position with its cameras and has a solution that supports artificial intelligence at the sensor level, and with the right amount and quality of data, it already depends on the software how effective the self-driving features are.
Of course, Sony still doesn’t claim to think in series production, but we can see from the example of Apple rumors how seriously technology-minded, traditional manufacturers can take electric cars with wirelessly updated ecosystems, a wide range of entertainment options and potentially fully self-driving features at least as much. as means of transport.
According to last year’s data, the 2350 kg Vision-S is 4,895 meters long, 1.45 meters high, 1.9 meters wide, has a wheelbase of 3 meters and accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds at a top speed of 240 km / h. . Of course, if the end goal is really a production vehicle, these figures will almost certainly change and the focus is not on performance yet.
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