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Could we see a production Sony electric vehicle?

Sony Vision-S prototype testing Sony's Airpeak drone makes its debut at CES 2021
Ginger Lawrence | 14 January, 2021, 18:59

The Vision-S concept also featured 33 onboard sensors, including 12 cameras, three solid-state lidar units, and almost 20 radar and ultrasonic sensors.

Sony which stunned the public with showcasing its Vision-S prototype sedan a year ago at CES 2020, has now revealed more details in a video where the Vision-S prototype can be seen driving on a private track and on public roads in Austria. Months later, Sony has finally given us the first preview of what to expect from Airpeak drones.

Sony didn't provide much other detail on how things were progressing with the vehicle. The footage, along with a few more additional details on its website, suggests that Sony and its numerous partners have been developing the vehicle more than we might have originally thought. Speaking of which, Sony has increased the number of sensors on the vehicle from 33 to 40, including a new rear lidar sensor and even an interior camera to monitor the driver's lips, improving speech recognition.

Sony Vision-S prototype testing
This is the Sony Airpeak, the world's smallest drone that can carry an Alpha camera system

On to that camera, it seems to be surprisingly complex and capable.

Apart from the drone in action, Sony hasn't revealed much about the project. According to the Japanese electronic giant, the whole system continuously evolves through repeated use, and actual driving data and preferences are taken into account to make the vehicle as comfortable as possible. In order to build the Vision-S, the Japanese tech giant has partnered with companies like BlackBerry, Bosch, NVIDIA, Continental and Qualcomm, hence, the EV concept also gets technologies from these companies. However, given the rapid developments in the automotive industry these days with the shift to electrification, one can not completely rule out the possibility of the Japanese giant building the vehicle.

While it's unclear if Sony has any plans to make its own cars or simply intends to develop technology to sell to existing manufacturers, Yoshida said: "It's not an exaggeration to say that Mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade".

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