Sony said it had created a prototype to showcase its technology to automakers. However, it seems that the company is interested in actually doing something more with the car.
Vision-S has twin engines with a capacity of 200 kW, one at the front and the other at the rear. It can go from 0-62 MPH in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 149 MPH. By the time Sony unveiled the car, it had Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, meaning it could control steering, acceleration and hacking, but the driver had to be there to take control if necessary. The company told Engadget at CES that it is interested in achieving a higher level of autonomy, but this is not necessarily an urgent issue.
The Vision-S is equipped with 33 sensors to provide autonomous driving and other functions, such as recognizing people and objects both inside and outside. It can adjust the settings of the car to suit the preferences of those inside. And because it’s Sony, the focus is on in-car entertainment. The Vision-S has 360 Reality Audio, with speakers in each of the four seat armrests. It also had a user interface, including a panoramic touch screen.
Vision-S, of course, caught our attention back in January, but now there is a chance that maybe someday we will be able to drive the thing too.