Sony Announces, Of All Things, The Vision-S Concept Car

Wednesday, 08 Jan, 2020

Sony has built an EV.

Technology giant Sony has revealed a bold electric concept vehicle called the Vision-S at CES in Las Vegas, to showcase its autonomous driving and in-car entertainment systems. Meanwhile, Sony also partnered with Bosch, Blackberry, Continental, Nvidia, and Qualcomm for other components of the auto.

The concept auto, developed with the help of Bosch, Continental and other partners, also incorporates Sony's in-car entertainment systems with spatial audio technology.

What just happened? Sony driving its electric vehicle on-stage probably makes for the biggest surprise reveal of CES.

Although powertrain details aren't divulged, Sony says that the Vision S gets a 400kW of output which is good enough for the 0-100kmph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 240kmph.

The Japanese company provides several components to automakers, including camera sensors and infotainment products, and the Vision-S seems intended as a showcase for them.

Yoshida said that Sony envisions 'cars as the new entertainment space, ' and is focusing on not just mobile technology but 'mobility technology'.

Sony's Vision-S prototype pulls together a lot of Sony's imaging and sensing technologies, as well as the company's developments in AI, telecommunication and cloud technologies. The dashboard incorporates both a digital instrument display and huge touchscreens that stretch across, bookended by screens for its door mirror cameras.

There are also multiple widescreen displays, 360 audio, and connectivity. However, all its showcased features will surely make their way in our cars sooner rather than later. And those front seats are greeted with a "panoramic screen on which rich and diverse content can be enjoyed through an intuitive user interface".

Sony says it wants to "re-imagine mobility as we know it", and it is not talking about smartphones.

Vision S is powered by a newly-designed electric vehicle platform that can be applied to other vehicle types such as SUVs.