New all-electric Sony Vision-S concept arrives at CES 2020

The Sony Vision-S concept car has been unveiled at CES to showcase the firm’s latest vehicle safety and infotainment innovations.

After years of encouraging car manufacturers to dream up virtual concept cars for its Gran Turismo Playstation games, Sony has finally built a car of its own. The fully-electric Sony Vision-S concept has been unveiled in Las Vegas at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a vehicular showcase for the company’s next generation of in-car technology and EV capability. 

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From the outside the Sony Vision S takes the form of a large luxury four-door, four-seater with a long flowing roofline and scalloped flanks. The car’s adorned with a front end that may owe something to the latest Porsche models and features a distinctive sweeping light bar that reaches across the nose to connect the two headlamp units. 

The Sony Vision-S concept is built on an all-electric platform. Thanks to two electric motors powering each axle, Sony claims the Vision-S concept will go from 0-62mph in a respectable 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 149mph. Stopping power comes courtesy of some Brembo brakes.

Tesla and Porsche needn’t worry though, the Vision S doesn’t signal Sony’s imminent arrival into the global car market as a manufacturer, the real purpose of the concept car lies beneath where the car is loaded with the firm’s latest infotainment, communications and safety technologies that it hopes to sell to OEMs.

First up, the Sony Safety Cocoon is a network of sensors that extend 360 degrees around the vehicle to monitor its surroundings and respond to emerging risks. CMOS Image sensors are said to offer high sensitivity object recognition while Solid State Lidar measures distances and maps a picture of the area around the car in real time. Sony says its sensor systems work in tandem to deliver ‘early and accurate object recognition’ even in low visibility conditions such as fog or night driving.

The Vision-S sensor systems also extend inside the car where Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology can identify people and objects in the vehicle allowing gesture control of its systems and optimising the infotainment experience. 

The car’s cabin itself is a minimalist affair dominated by a full width digital dashboard screen of the type that we’re becoming increasingly used to seeing on modern concept cars. It allows control over a package of advanced artificial intelligence, infotainment and telecommunications technology including widescreen display screens for the rear seats and a groundbreaking 360 degree audio system.

Those used to driving cars on Sony’s traditional console platforms will have to adapt to using an old-fashioned steering wheel rather than a Playstation controller, however.

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