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Sony, showcased an electric car concept called the Sony Vision S at the 2020 Consumers Electronics Show as an engineering exercise.
Sony had a showstopper in the form of a concept car called the Vision-S, they rolled onto the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Traditional from Sony we would expect a new PlayStation or a new Ultra HD Television but a car is something that caught everyone off guard at CES this year. This Sony Vision-S concept looks quite close to production ready but Sony states that this is just to showcase their engineering talent and the car was developed by the robotics division at Sony with the help of Magna Steyr, who if you are not aware of are the manufacturers the Mercedes Benz G-Class , Toyota Supra and BMW Z4.
So along with Magna Steyr the car also showcases technologies from other major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) suppliers like Nvidia, Continental, Bosch, ZF and Qualcomm. Sony says they have embedded the car with 33 sensors that can detect people and objects, not only on the road but inside the car as well. They also claim it can be used to detect people in other cars and provide driving support to the driver. Design wise the Vision-S looks like a Porsche Taycan , lucid Air and from the rear three quarter looks like a Tesla Model-3. It keeps a very minimalist design that most of the electric vehicles have been going for in terms of design language, Sony with its other consumer products also keeps it clean in terms of design senses. On the inside it has four individual seats that is enclosed by a glass roof to give it a spacious feel. The dash looked like Sony took inspiration from the Honda E concept that had its dashboard filled with screen from end to end.
Sony has not given out any official details about the performance or range of this EV. But they did mention what motors they will be using that is a pair of 200-kilowatt (268-bhp) electric motors. Now we just have to wait and see if Sony decides to go ahead and get into the automotive sector. As an automotive enthusiast and an avid gamer on the Sony Playstation platform one just hopes they will ship the car bundles with the newly announced Playstation 5. But jokes apart the automotive landscape is changing and more and more tech players want to enter at a time when traditional manufacturers are slowing down operations it will be interesting to see how this plays out long term.