Sony Vision-S is a surprise auto showcase of automotive tech


Inside, the Vision-S includes Time of Flight (ToF) sensors that can detect people and objects inside the auto.

Sony gave us a rundown of everything that's coming in 2020 during its keynote event at CES, including introducing us to the new PS5 logo. Instead, the Vision-S is a showcase for all the enabling technologies that Sony does have a hand in.

Sony Corp. has unveiled the first prototype of an electric vehicle equipped with autonomous driving technology under its new Vision-S initiative. You can use gesture controls to control it, and it can analyse the road in front of you.

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Sony also says that there's a panoramic screen where you'd expect to find the dashboard. On a side note, Sony has equipped the auto with an absurd amount of entertainment features such as 360 Reality Audio and each seat having its own speakers. It seems the company is pretty serious about it, and the Vision-S is proof.

Sony says it wants to "re-imagine mobility as we know it", and it is not talking about smartphones. "I believe the next megatrend will be mobility", Sony President Kenichiro Yoshida said at CES, the world's largest digital technology show. Sony's pillars of focus - Safety, Entertainment, and Adaptability - map out nicely to its product areas across its business, and that could be a welcome revenue stream as cars continue to get geekier. This essentially places the listener into a sphere of their own sounds - each passenger can listen to what they like in isolation from the others, if they so desire. Other partners include Benteler, Blackberry, Bosch, Continental, Elektrobit, Genetex, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and ZF Friedrichshafen.

The Vision-S is an attractively shaped mid-sized electric sloped-back sedan which looks to have cribbed a bit from Tesla, a bit from Byton, and maybe even a bit from Faraday Future. Power is provided by a pair of 200 kW electric motors and the concept can reportedly hit 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in a brisk 4.8 seconds and a 149 miles per hour (239 km/h) top speed.