Sony said it created the prototype to showcase its technology to car manufacturers. However, it seems that the company is interested in actually doing something more with the car.
The Vision-S has 200kW dual engines, one at the front and the other at the rear. It can go from 0-62 MPH in 4,8 seconds and has a top speed of 149 MPH. At the time Sony unveiled the car, it had Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, which means it can handle steering, acceleration and breaking but a driver must be in place to take control if be needed. The company told Engadget at CES that it was interested in achieving higher levels of autonomy, but this is not necessarily an urgent issue.
The Vision-S is packed with 33 sensors that allow autonomous driving and other features, such as the knowledge of people and objects both inside and outside. It can adjust the car settings to suit the preferences of everyone inside. And, because this is Sony, there is a focus on in-car entertainment. The Vision-S has 360 Reality Audio, with speakers in each of the four-seat headrests. It had a slick user interface as well, including a panoramic touchscreen.
The Vision-S certainly caught our attention in January, but now there’s a chance that maybe, someday, we’ll be able to run the thing as well.