At this year’s CES, Sony unveiled a follow-up to the electric car it revealed at the same event two years ago. The new prototype is an SUV that the company calls the Vision-S 02. Sony took the EV sedan and cloud platforms and put them into a new look to create the vehicle, which features a large seven-seater interior.
The electric SUV has sensors all over its body, including the CMOS image and LiDAR sensors for the driver assistance system. Sony says it is running tests in Europe as part of its effort to roll out Level 2+ driver assistance technology on public roads. Inside, there are time-of-flight sensors for driver authentication, as well as support for intuitive gestures and voice commands. The car will also have 5G connectivity to enable over-the-air updates and remote start, which is what Sony is currently working on with its partners.
While the Vision-S 02 is only a prototype at the moment, Sony has ambitions to become a player in the electric vehicle industry and sell its vehicles to the public. You will create an operating company called “Sony Mobility Inc.” This spring we will explore entry into the electric vehicle market. The company has not revealed what other steps it is taking to achieve this goal, and it remains to be seen if it will truly be able to launch its Vision-S cars. However, it should be noted that Sony has been testing its electric saloon on public roads in Europe since December 2020, and has also started safety and user experience validation tests of the vehicle’s imaging and sensor technology.
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