What if Sony was really serious about its intentions to enter the auto market? Since the announcement of the Vision-S, its 100% electric car, opinions have been divided between those who see this concept as an opportunity to test automotive technologies in a thorough way and those who hope for the real development of a successful vehicle. Sony has made an update on the progress of its Vision-S project, and the least we can say is that the manufacturer continues to maintain the vagueness of its intentions. Indeed, the development which had resumed this summer in Japan seems to be continuing on Austrian roads, with tests in real conditions.
The video unveiled by Sony shows a registered car driving on the circuit, but also on open roads. The prototype unveiled at Sony’s inaugural conference at CES 2020 was already able to drive, but in a closed environment. This last precision tends to prove that Sony is not satisfied only to use the interior environment of the vehicle to test its technologies on board. On the contrary, they are put to the test of reality. The Japanese manufacturer also specifies that the number of exterior sensors has increased since the first version of the car, from 33 to 40. These allow the Vision-S to analyze the road but also the exterior environment and to make it act according to events. A short sequence of the video also reveals autonomous lane changing functions.
As a reminder, the Vision-S is a vehicle developed by Sony and for which the manufacturer has called on many service providers such as Magna, Bosch, Qualcomm or even Blackberry. The initial objective was to show the capabilities of the Japanese manufacturer in terms of car equipment with CMOS sensors for example or 360 Real audio in the passenger compartment. Nevertheless, the energy expended to develop the vehicle and to make it run suggests that Sony is not ruling out the possibility of one day marketing its car.
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