Sony has a busy 2020 ahead of them. Apart from launching their next-generation console later this year, the PlayStation 5, the electronics maker is busy working on their electric vehicle concept. Yes, to refresh your memory, Sony is building an EV called the Vision-S. It debuted earlier this January at the 2020 CES (Consumer Electronics Show).
Since its debut, however, the company has been tight-lipped about the EV. Now, half a year later, it seems the Vision-S has landed in Tokyo. Sony recently released a short video showing off the EV concept undergoing testing in Japan’s capital. Specifically, the video shows the car driving around Sony’s Tokyo headquarters and people checking it out. Unfortunately, that’s all about the video shows and reveals. They do say that it is currently “under development for public road testing this fiscal year”.
Here’s what we do know about the Vision-S so far. It is loaded with a long list of the latest technological advancements, featuring tech from Bosch, Blackberry, and Nvidia, to name a few. It also packs 33 sensors including radar, lidar, and cameras inside and out for autonomous driving tech. Sony claims it already has Level-2 Autonomy.
Meanwhile, the EV itself rides on an all-electric platform built by Magna Steyr. Specifics about the battery pack were not disclosed, but they did say it's powered by two 200kW electric motors. This translates to around 540 PS and a claimed acceleration time of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds with a 240 km/h top speed.
There’s still no word whether the concept will enter production or they are only testing autonomous driving tech. If they do start producing the Vision-S, it would mark be the first time Sony will venture into the automotive market… well, that is aside from building headunits and speakers for vehicle.
For now, we will just have to wait for more information about the Sony Vision-S. Maybe they'll announce more once the PlayStation 5 is launched already.