Sony did not give up on his electric car project, he even put his Vision-S prototype to the test, which he presented in 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. On the occasion of CES 2021, which is exceptionally held in a 100% digital version, the Japanese electronics giant unveiled the videos of the first tests of its electric vehicle on the snow-covered roads of Austria.
In this sedan we find Sony’s core business, positioned in electronics and entertainment. The vehicle provides for a 360 ° speaker, which means that sound will come from all sides to the ears of the passengers. Some of the speakers are even housed in the seats. In addition, the dashboard has a giant screen that is used not only for driving information but also for games.
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Vision-S on the way to the autonomous vehicle
Vision-S offers an engine consisting of two 200 kW engines at the front and at the rear with all-wheel drive. The vehicle can reach a top speed of 240 km / hour, and 100 km / hour in 4.8 seconds.
In its videos, Sony says that the vehicle will eventually be equipped with 40 sensors (compared to 33 initially), thus providing a 360 ° view. These sensors are used in particular for the autonomy of the Vision-S which has reached level 2 SAE (that is to say, integrating cruise control, autonomous parking and lane change). Ultimately, Sony wants its electric vehicle to reach SAE level 4, for which no assistance from the driver is required.
An ultra-connected vehicle
The Vision-S incorporates artificial intelligence which makes it possible in particular to recognize passengers thanks to a camera housed inside. The electric car can also connect to 5G and update its functionalities via a cloud platform.
Sony has made numerous partnerships to develop its vehicle with companies such as Bosch, Continental, Valeo, or the Hungarian Almorive, specializing in autonomous vehicles. As for the marketing of the Vision-S, Sony has not yet communicated information on this subject.
Sony enters the drone market
To film the sequences of its videos, Sony requested its own drone, Airpeak, also unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2021. The Japanese brand presents it as the smallest in the world capable of carrying a Sony Alpha camera system. This is the first drone developed by Sony, scheduled to be available in spring 2021.
Above, we can see Airpeak, the drone developed by Sony filming several sequences of the video.
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