Sony Reveals its first EV – Sony Vision S
Surprise! Surprise! Sony has revealed its first electric car this CES 2020 and no one was expecting that from a brand that makes TVs, PlayStations and other tech. Once all of you have let that unforeseen news sink in, I am going to give you my opinions and an overview of the car.
First coming to the design of the car, It looks very Tesla-like and also reminds me of the Porsche Taycan due to those headlights and certain design elements. On the inside, Sony has taken a very subtle approach which is good considering the fact that at least it doesn't look like a car from 2050 which continues to remain in development as a prototype. This gives me hope that we might actually see one running on roads in a few years time. The dash feels well laid out with a panoramic display, Sony might have just nailed it by striking a great balance between a futuristic yet basic and airy looking cabin.
On the heart of the matter, Sony says that the car is powered by a pair of 272hp electric motors and could reach 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in just 4.8 secs with a top speed of 149 mph (239.79 ~ 240 kph). Sony being a tech giant has fiddled about with the autonomous driving part as well with 33 sensors of varying types; these can identify people and objects both inside and outside the car as part of a 'safety cocoon'.
The car's autonomous driving skills are Level 2, at this stage. The car is equipped with Lidars (Light Detection and Ranging) and camera sensors made by Sony itself. This leads to an oval system (as Sony likes to call it) i.e. high sensitivity, high resolution, high dynamic range(HDR), LED flicker mitigation (LFM); this is achievable due to the CMOS image sensors. Sensor fusion as the name suggests uses raw data from the Radar, Camera and Lidar and processes it to achieve high dynamic range(HDR) and better object recognition in any condition.
Also 360-degree audio made an appearance in the Vision S. The future of in-car entertainment has been one of the big talking points of CES 2020 so far, with the Sony news following on from an earlier announcement that Sennheiser and Continental have joined forces to create a speakerless in-car audio system.
Sony isn't the first tech firm to show interest in the automotive world. Apple has previously evaluated its own autonomous car project, while Samsung has an automotive division working on advanced autonomous systems.
That's all we know for now. Now the questions remain that how much will it cost? What is the vehicles range? And will it be able to compete against the EV giant-'Tesla'? Let's see how things take a turn and does Sony manage to find a space in the EV market whilst changing the game. Also, can we drive this in Sony's racing simulation video game-'Gran Turismo'? Let me know your views in the comments section below.