On January 6, Sony stunned attendees of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show by debuting its Vision-S electric concept car. The Japanese technology conglomerate revealed the four-seat vehicle at the end of a pre-show press conference. Although the corporation offered little in the way of details regarding its sedan, CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said it embodies his firm’s “contribution to the future of mobility.”
Vision-S Safety Cocoon
In a statement regarding the Vision-S, Sony noted that it designed the vehicle around the concepts of safety, entertainment, and adaptability.
On the first count, the corporation equipped its prototype 33 automotive-grade sensors that it has cumulatively dubbed the “Sony Safety Cocoon.”
The firm intends the vehicle’s 5G-enabled on-board network to have a 360-degree view of its surroundings. Accordingly, the Vision-S utilizes Sony’s CMOS sensors to colored identification, object detection, and road sensing. In addition, the electric sedan supplements its object detection with solid-state lidar that also provides day and night time vision. Lastly, the prototype features radar sensors that capture relative velocity data and performs distance sensing.
The electric car will also include time-of-flight sensors that detect objects and people outside and inside the vehicle.
Sony said that the Vision-S’s web of sensors and automotive artificial intelligence give it Level 2 self-driving capability. However, the firm intends to supply upgrades to its sedan that will allow it to become a fully autonomous vehicle. Indeed, the firm has enlisted quality chipmakers to outfit its next-generation mobility solution. The corporation said its battery-powered vehicle includes components from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Bosch.
Vision-S’s Adaptability and Infotainment Features
In addition to advanced driver safety, Sony has also designed its prototype sedan to make riders as comfortable as possible.
To wit, the corporation has created an app that will give the Vision-S a high level of interoperability. The program will allow drivers to summon the vehicle to their location, transfer mapping data to its onboard displays, and play music queued up on a smartphone media player through its speakers.
Furthermore, the Vision-S will feature advanced cabin personalization features. Over time, the smart sedan will collect information on its driver and passengers’ preferences. Therefore, it will adjust temperature, music, and routing settings to best suit specific users.
Sony also worked to ensure that its zero-emission vehicle is a legitimate “third place” for consumers. As such, the car’s infotainment system sound system is equipped with 360 Reality Audio. The firm claims the object-based spatial audio technology will provide riders with immersive entertainment experiences.
Also, the Vision-S doesn’t have any traditional instrument gauges. Instead, the vehicle features a panoramic screen that runs the length of its dashboard. The conglomerate has made its new interface highly intuitive to present routing information, vehicle data, and video at a glance. The sedan also features video screens behind its two front seats, which gives backseat dwellers access to a range of entertainment options.
During its presentation, Sony also noted that its transport features two 200Kw engines, can hit 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 149 miles per hour. The corporation did not, however, offer details on the Vision-S sedan’s range, price, or release date.