During CES 2020, tech giant Sony unveiled an electric car, the VISION-S concept car. The purpose of this vehicle was to serve as a showcase for the various latest generation technologies (safety, infotainment, adaptability…) that Sony was developing for the automotive sector.
The VISION-S design was software-oriented. Among other things, it equipped a total of 33 sensors (including LiDAR) to monitor the exterior and interior of the vehicle. In terms of infotainment, its “360 Reality Audio” system should be highlighted, which promised an immersive acoustic experience in the cabin, as well as the possibility of accessing OTA updates.
Its powertrain consisted of two “dual motor” propellants (one unit on each axle, all-wheel drive) that delivered a maximum power of 544 hp (400 kW). According to what was announced by Sony, the sedan was capable of completing 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 240 km / h.
Numerous leading companies in the sector participated in the development of this advanced concept car, including specialists such as Magna, Benteler, Bosch, NVIDIA, Continental, Qualcomm, ZF, Elektrobit, Blackberry, Gentex, and HERE. Since the end of 2020, various prototypes have been tested on the open road to validate their technology in real conditions: among other things, high-speed rolling tests have been carried out in Frankfurt and Internet connectivity tests in Aldenhoven.
The powertrain of the Sony VISION-S 02 is identical to that of the VISION-S 01
During CES 2022, just two years after the introduction of the VISION-S (now renamed VISION-S 01), Sony has presented the VISION-S 02, an electric SUV with aesthetics very similar to its predecessor that demonstrates the enormous flexibility of your common platform. In parallel, the multinational has announced the creation of Sony Mobility, a new company that will focus its efforts on the mobility sector and electric vehicles.
However, the most interesting has been the confirmation that Sony is exploring a possible commercial launch of the VISION-S 01 and VISION-S 02. Will the Japanese company dare to follow in Apple’s footsteps, transforming itself into a car manufacturer? Given his close relationship with Magna, it doesn’t seem like a far-fetched idea.
Aesthetically, the Sony VISION-S 02 is to the VISION-S 01 what the Tesla Model Y is to the Model 3: a model with the same design language, but with a somewhat taller body. Therefore, we find a front relatively similar to that of the pre-restyling XPeng G3, as well as a rear that is powerfully reminiscent of the Saab (now NEVS) proposals.
While the passenger compartment hardly receives any changes (the huge screen across the width of the dashboard, the displays anchored to the backrests of the front seats, etc.), the sensors (cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, LiDAR) for the driving systems are maintained. autonomous now reach a total of 40. In addition, the cabin is approved for seven seats (2 + 3 + 2), something that is possible thanks to its generous dimensions (4.89 meters long, 1.93 meters wide, 1.65 meters high, 3.03 meters in battle).