Technology giant surprises by revealing advanced electric saloon at CES tech show
James Attwood, digital editor
7 January 2020

Technology giant Sony has revealed a bold electric concept car called the Vision-S at CES in Las Vegas, to showcase its autonomous driving and in-car entertainment systems.

The four-door saloon was unveiled at the tech show by Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida, who said it “embodies our contribution to the future of mobility.” It features a raft of technology that showcases ‘the contribution Sony intends to make to realise a highly advanced autonomous driving society.”

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While it is unclear if Sony has any plans to make its own cars, or simply intends to develop technology to sell to existing manufacturers, Yoshida said that: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade. I believe the next mega-trend will be mobility.”

Few technical details of the concept, which is understood to have been developed and built with the help of partners including Magna Steyr, Bosch, Nvidia and others, but Sony says it is powered by a pair of 268bhp electric motors. These give it a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 149mph.

The key goal of the Vision-S is to showcase Sony’s automotive-relevant technology. It has 33 sensors of varying types embedded within it; these can identify people and objects both inside and outside the car as part of a ‘safety cocoon’.

They include CMOS image sensors, which Sony claims offer high definition and high dynamic range while supressing LED flicker, and Solid State LiDAR.

Inside, the Vision-S features a number of Time-of-Flight (ToF) in-car sensors that can detect and recognise people within, to optimise infotainment and comfort systems.

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The concept also features AI, telecommunication and cloud technology, all accessed via a large panoramic touchscreen that dominates the dashboard, and which Sony says is operated via an “intuitive user interface”.

Sony isn't the first tech firm to show interest in the automotive world. Apple has previously evaluated its own autonomous car project, while Samsung has an automotive division working on advanced autonomous systems.

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7 January 2020

 Another big hitter joins the party, looks nice inside, fast too, but how far?, what's the range like?

7 January 2020

It's not on sale, it's a technology showcase. It doesn't have any range, i would be surprised it it ever ran.

Interesting thing about BEVs is that those not based on a current ICE platform are similar to the old "body on frame" cars that were available as rolling chassis'.

Almost anyone can take a Tesla or Jaguar skateboard and slap whatever the want on top, I'm guessing that's what this is.

7 January 2020
Pietro Cavolonero wrote:

It's not on sale, it's a technology showcase. It doesn't have any range, i would be surprised it it ever ran.

Interesting thing about BEVs is that those not based on a current ICE platform are similar to the old "body on frame" cars that were available as rolling chassis'.

Almost anyone can take a Tesla or Jaguar skateboard and slap whatever the want on top, I'm guessing that's what this is.

put a big enough Worm on the line, and, most get the statement, why can't you Pierrot?

7 January 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Pietro Cavolonero wrote:

It's not on sale, it's a technology showcase. It doesn't have any range, i would be surprised it it ever ran.

Interesting thing about BEVs is that those not based on a current ICE platform are similar to the old "body on frame" cars that were available as rolling chassis'.

Almost anyone can take a Tesla or Jaguar skateboard and slap whatever the want on top, I'm guessing that's what this is.

put a big enough Worm on the line, and, most get the statement, why can't you Pietro?

7 January 2020

Sony invented the Li-ion cell and they went on sale in 1991 so there is a connection there.

7 January 2020

Professor John Goodenough invented the Lithium Ion battery and was awarded the Copley medal for it last year. I guess in the age of fake news one shouldnt be surprised at rubbish like this being declared as fact .... why ???

7 January 2020

Very smart, though it appears to have less legroom in the back than a 911. For the record, Sony didn't invent the Lithium Cell.

7 January 2020

Another concept that will look nothing like the actual production model that will come out in.....2030. And it will be a "Tesla Killer"....

7 January 2020

If it's anything like their TVs it'll take 10 minutes to switch on and hang when you want to change radio channels... let's hope it's more like the PS4

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