You probably wouldn’t expect to see “Sony” and “electric car” in the same sentence. But, with the likes of Tesla, Rivian, and other innovative companies leading the charge in the electric vehicle space, the Japan-based corporation decided to shake things up a bit at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently, everything that happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, as both the tech and auto worlds are abuzz following the Playstation manufacturer’s unveiling of an electric concept car called the Vision-S.
Before the official CES reveal, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stressed the company’s ongoing plan to create technology for the automotive market. Yoshida also touched on Sony’s imaging and sensing technologies, which he hopes will eventually be used by auto manufacturers on their next-gen vehicles.
Yoshida said that the development of the Vision-S is a primary way for Sony to “deepen [its] understanding of cars” and create a “new entertainment space.” He also thanked Magna Steyr — the Austrian engineering firm that manufactures the the Toyota Supra, BMW Z4, and other luxury vehicles — for its help with designing the Vision-S concept. Bosch, Continental, and Nvidia also played major parts in the EV’s development.
WATCH: Sony Vision-S Concept Movie
Specs wise, the Vision-S is equipped with twin 200kW motors, allowing the concept car to reach 62 MPH in 4.8 seconds. The 5,180-pound concept car also has a top speed of 149 MPH, has a double-wishbone front and rear suspension design, and drives on adaptive air-springs.
Since Sony’s focus with the Vision-S is entertainment and technology, the interior is chock-full of impressive features. A large panoramic screen covers nearly the entire dashboard, and Sony claims this will be the center of the car’s entertainment. Sony’s “360 Reality Audio” is also built into the car as well as the four seats, giving occupants a completely immersive audio experience.
WATCH: Sony Vision-S Product Movie
According to Sony, the Vision-S concept is a vision of the future of automotive technology.
“Adopting [the] next-generation architecture, the E/E system is designed to support constant monitoring through connectivity that is enabled by a 5G network and over-the-air (OTA) system updates,” Sony claims. “The vehicle system will endlessly evolve by working together, undergoing reintegration and being continually updated and optimized.”