The Vision-S Concept built by the electronics giant is not for sale and mass production. It is a possible forerunner of future cutting-edge self-driving vehicles.
Sony showcased this concept car at the 2021 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) earlier this month. Currently, the company has moved on to the next stage: the car is undergoing road tests in Austria.
Sony and partners including Magna Steyr evaluate safety and Sony technologies, so they can become part of the autonomous vehicle future.
Although the company has no plans to mass-produce or sell the vehicle at present, never say “Never”.
Sony has strengths in imaging and sensing and aims to contribute to safety and reliability in self-driving, as well as to leverage entertainment in the mobility space.
The Sony Vision-S uses 40 sensors (4 of them are lidars) as part of its Safety Cocoon, which monitors both the interior and exterior and creates a 360-degree view.
It now has a Level 2+ driver-assistance system, but Sony will upgrade it to a Level 4.
Another highlight is a 360 Reality Audio, which optimizes audio for occupants and the driver using speakers in the headrests. In addition, a PlayStation with a 5G connection is underway.