Sony is expanding its horizons, with regards to the products they are making. At CES 2020, it stole the show by unveiling an actual electric car. Sony is calling its automobile the Vision-S. The car shows off Sony’s automotive technologies and the future one can expect.
Vision-S is the Japanese conglomerate’s electric concept sedan that is a cluster of heterogeneous things, which includes 33 different sensors. Can’t say what all they are but a few of them consist of autonomous driving, wide-screen displays, 360 Reality Audio tech, and other features. Not much was told about the car but more will be revealed later this week in Las Vegas.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “This prototype embodies our contribution to the future of mobility.”
The aforementioned 33 sensors are placed throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle. For road sensing, object detection, and color identification, they include high-resolution, HDR-compatible CMOS image sensors. It also has the Solid-State LiDAR that will help in the day and night-time vision and object detection. There’s also a radar for relative velocity detection and distance sensing along with a dashboard-spanning screen.
The Vision-S is also equipped with Time of Flight (ToF) sensors that can detect and identify people and objects inside and outside the car. These also double as an onboard entertainment system. Moreover, the vehicle will also feature the 360 Reality Audio that will offer a richer 360-degree soundstage. Each of the seats will have its own speaker.
All of these sensors are known as “Safety Cocoon Concept.” They detect through 360 degrees around the car. The vehicle’s autonomous driving skills are at Level 2, which means that the system can if you want to, take full control of accelerating, braking and steering. But, the driver must monitor the car, in case the system fails.
Sony also mentioned that the four-seater car, that is implemented with two 200kW engines, can go from 0 to 62 MPH in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed of the car is 149 MPH.