Sony displayed its concept car at CES 2020 early this year in Las Vegas. Yesterday, 27th July, it displayed it its automated electric concept car in Japan for the first time, ahead of announced schedule. Earlier Sony had planned to start testing by fiscal year-end on public roads at home as well as in the U.S. and Europe.
The silver Vision-S four-door, large screens on the dashboard show maps and entertainment content menus, much like a large version of a smartphone. Thirty-three sensors, including image and time-of-flight distance sensors, work together to offer an accurate picture of the vehicle’s surroundings even in such challenging conditions as fog, nighttime rain, and glare.
Sony created the car as a testbed for collecting data to enhance its auto sensor technology. Austria’s Magna Steyr built the Vision-S on an EV platform that Sony sees working with a variety of auto categories, including sport utility vehicles.
Sony is ensuring that idea vehicles make a superb entertainment space with its content and technologies. The Vision-S prototype features a 360-degree immersive sound system.