After targeting numerous technological niches, it seems that Sony is finally ready to take its business venture one step further; namely, through the release of an electric vehicle.
Recent reports indicate that Sony announced its Vision-S, an EV prototype, as part of its product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The prototype sedan comes packed with a multitude of tech-based features, including (but not limited to) several touchscreen displays, 360 degrees sound capabilities, 24/7 connectivity, and a total of 33 sensors placed both inside and outside the vehicle. The Vision-S seems to be built on an EV platform designed by Magna, making it the most competitive electric vehicle released thus far.
According to the CEO of this tech company, the prototype represents Sony’s vision of the future of mobility. Unfortunately, Sony car representatives spoke about the car only for a few minutes. Meaning, that there is still a lot of work to be done before this prototype becomes available to consumers.
From a design standpoint, the EV looks quite luxurious. Its outside design resembles that of the Tesla Model S and Porsche’s EVs. Inside, the car features two widescreen displays in the back alongside a wide touchscreen in the front.
In terms of self-driving capabilities, the car features time-of-flight cameras and a LIDAR sensor. As such, the autonomous driving system can create a 3D image of the outside environment while also predicting unforeseeable traffic events. Reports indicate that the Vision-S is also equipped with a Bosch lidar sensor that we’ve mentioned a while back.
Based on this, it will likely take a few years before Sony decides to officially launch its automotive branch. Meanwhile, the future of the EV market is looking slick indeed.