The Vision-S prototype highlights Sony's prowess in image-sensing, cloud & AI technologies; not likely to enter production.
If you hear the name Sony, your mind may wander to that very first MP3 player you bought or the first time you had a go on a friend's PlayStation console. The point - Sony's known for its electronic gadgets. Not any longer, though. The Tokyo-based giant has, rather unexpectedly, ventured into the EV space by revealing the Vision-S Concept at the ongoing Consumer & Electronics Show (CES) 2020. However, it's not a 100% Sony-developed car, as Magna Steyr (renowned engineering & manufacturing partner for OEMs) had been brought on board to contribute to the car's chassis development. Apart from Magna Steyr, other renowned names like Bosch, ZF, Qualcomm, Nvidia, etc. have also been involved in the car's development.
Based on a quick glance, the Vision-S immediately reminds you of the big-wigs of the EV world, like the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model X, thanks to the borrowed styling elements. However, it's unlikely to ever spawn a production version as Sony seems to have developed the car purely to demonstrate it's latest imaging & sensing, AI, telecommunication & cloud technologies.
Just to give you a glimpse into the Vision-S' arsenal of hi-tech goodies, it is fitted with 33 sensors (including CMOS image sensors & ToF sensors) to detect people/objects inside & outside the vehicle. Inside, the Vision-S gets state-of-the-art entertainment capabilities, courtesy of Sony's '360 Reality Audio' set up, which features speakers built into the car's seats!
While it all sounds too good (read unfeasible) on a production car, let's hope the car makes its way into the virtual parking lot of Gran Turismo Sport!