At this year’s CES, Sony unveiled a sequel to the electric car it unveiled at the same event two years ago. The new prototype is an SUV called Vision-S 02. Sony has taken the EV sedan and cloud platforms and put them in a new shape to create a vehicle, which has a large interior that can accommodate seven seats.
The electric SUV has sensors all over the body, including a CMOS image and LiDAR sensors for the driver assistance system. Sony says it is conducting tests in Europe as part of its efforts to release level 2+ driver assistance technology on public roads. Inside are flight time sensors for driver authentication, as well as support for intuitive gestures and voice commands. The vehicle will also have a 5G connection to allow wireless updates and remote control, which Sony is currently working on with its partners.
While the Vision-S 02 is currently just a prototype, Sony has ambitions to become a player in the electric vehicle industry and sell its cars to the public. He will set up an operating company called Sony Mobility Inc. this spring and will explore entering the electric vehicle market. The company has not revealed what other steps it is taking to achieve that goal, and it remains to be seen if it will really be able to launch its Vision-S vehicles. It is worth noting, however, that Sony has been testing its electric sedan on public roads in Europe since December 2020 and has also begun safety and user verification tests of vehicle imaging technology and sensors.
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