Sony stuns CES 2020 with its sleek Vision-S concept car.
CES 2020 is underway in Las Vegas, and while we were expecting to see automakers showcase some radical concept cars previewing future technology, we weren't expecting this. Sony has been teasing something special for the show, which many have speculated will be the world debut of the new PlayStation 5 video game console.
Instead, Sony has surprised us all with the unveiling of the company's first-ever concept car. It's called the Vision-S and it represents Sony's vision of an autonomous electric sedan that could rival the Tesla Model S. Being a Sony product, the Vision-S is technologically advanced, incorporating Sony's imaging and sensing technologies as well as in-car software that utilizes Sony's AI, telecommunication and cloud technologies.
Like Tesla's over-the-air updates, this tech can be used to update the car's features. The Vision-S was developed in collaboration with Nvidia, Continental, Bosch, ZF, and Qualcomm, while the platform was built by Magna Steyr, the company that manufactures the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4.
Power is provided by two electric motors producing a combined 536 horsepower, enabling the electric sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 149 mph. Details such as the battery capacity and driving range remain a mystery, however. The Vision-S is also equipped with 33 sensors including CMOS image sensors and ToF sensors that can detect and recognize people and objects inside and outside the car.
Level 2 autonomous driving is also supported, but Sony imagines Level 4 technology being added with a future software update. Inside, each seat has built-in speakers that form part of Sony's "360 Reality Audio" system, providing an immersive audio experience. Content can also be displayed on a panoramic screen that dominates the dashboard, which features an intuitive user interface.
Styling-wise, the Vision-S looks sleek, if familiar as Sony appears to have been inspired by the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. Sony hasn't announced if the Vision-S will enter production, but it's probably only a matter of time before it gets added to Gran Turismo Sport since the PlayStation 4 racing game is published by Sony.