Sony’s surprise concept car from CES last January has arrived in Tokyo acting suspiciously like a real car. The Vision S was introduced as a concept and even though it was a functioning car, it was never meant for production. But last month Sony released a video announcing testing for the Vision S.
The evolution of mobility has redefined cars as a new means of entertainment. space. Sony has come up with a deep initiative of mobility named Vision S. Vision S is an electric car by Sony which contains a variety of Sony’s technologies.
Sony is not going to build and launch these cars any time this soon but mostly this is a showcase of the safety technologies, the entertainment and connectivity software they have for vehicles.
This car is equipped with 33 sensors to monitor the outside and inside of the car thus proving the viability of sensing features and capabilities of Sony’s solutions. These 33 sensors include solid state lidar and radar and cameras that will create safety which Sony visions for. Vision S is built on the newly designed AV platform allowing for future applications in other vehicle types such as SUVs.
The sensor fusion in this vehicle is at its best giving a detailed representation of everything happening around the vehicle. Sony has installed three rectangular screens across the dashboard from one end of the cars to the other. There is also a trackball present with multi-touch and multi-function dial that can click through options.
Regarding the entertainment aspect, one of the new kinds of offerings for in-kind payment Sony’s Vision S is 360 degree audio for the customer to enjoy an impressive audio experience. It also comes with an intuitive human mass interface with a wide screen that displays various driving information and entertainment content. Another concept that informs the interment of this prototype is adaptability. Based on the software oriented design, the vehicle seamlessly integrates with the crowd and continually updates its capabilities through always-on connectivity.
Apart from the 33 sensors, Sony’s in-car technologies include a 360 degree sound system that detects the presence of people in the car to give the best possible sound system. There is a massive array of displays across the dashboard inside. There are 5 displays including cameras for the rear-view mirrors. These displays are an embodiment for music, navigation and different ways through which the driver can interact with the software.
This concept car is loaded with two 200 kilowatt motors driving one axle each enough to drive the car from zero to 60 miles an hour in 4.5 seconds before the whole thing tops at 149 miles per hour.
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