Well, electric cars seem to be something everyone is interested in. We’ve seen reports that Apple is working on its electric car. And now, Engadget I mentioned that Sony is also testing its Vision-S electric car on public roads.
As a reminder, Sony surprised everyone by showing off their EV stand with an electric vehicle called Vision-S at CES 2020. It may take some time for Sony to understand the fact that Sony is really interested in building electric cars.
But given Apple’s serious interest in electric cars, it makes sense that other OEMs are venturing into this area. After CES 2020 everyone was thinking, Will we ever see the Sony Vision-S on the road?
The good news is Sony is testing the Vision-S electric car on public roads. This also hints that this Sony Vision-S is more than just a concept and some noise may soon be made at upcoming trade shows.
Sony CES 2021 keynote stated that it began testing the Sony Vision-S last month. Notably, the car was tested by taking it on a trip through Austria.
In fact, the company has also shared a video about the same that reveals some of the features the Sony Vision-S might offer.
The Sony Vision-S electric vehicle has rear cameras instead of side mirrors
Taking a look at the official video, it becomes clear that the Sony Vision-S sedan features sensors on the front and rear bumpers. Moreover, it has rear cameras instead of side mirrors.
Back in 2020, when Sony announced this car, it said the car will have 33 sensors. This may include CMOS, ToF (Time of Flight) and LiDAR sensors.
These sensors are built into the vehicle to support a range of driver aids. Surprisingly, the number of sensors has increased to 40. However, there isn’t much clarity about what those additional sensors are or what their purpose is.
Sony being Sony is also said to provide an “immersive audio experience.” It’s something you expect from Sony, isn’t it? Moreover, Sony says the car will feature two 560hp engines.
With this much power, the Sony Vision-S sedan can zoom up to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. As much as we would have liked to have had more information about Sony’s electric car, unfortunately, these are the only stats that Sony has revealed.
Information like vehicle price, battery size, charging time, launch date, etc. It was not answered. TheNextWeb Reports indicate that one of Sony’s partners working on the car has said the parties are working to get the car back as soon as possible.
That’s a good thing, but we don’t want Sony to rush things. Especially when brands like Tesla already own the majority of the market and are an established player.