She had caused a sensation at CES 2020 and it was anything but a fluke. While technophiles expected to see the PS5, Sony chose to present at its inaugural conference of the big show of new technologies an electric car and very connected.
The Vision-S, in which we had the chance to embark already had everything of a very successful concept, not to say a finished car. Today we learn that the Japanese manufacturer has decided to go into production. Does this mean that the car will be marketed? Certainly not, but Sony’s desire to grow its business in the automotive industry is no longer in doubt.
Back to Tokyo to hit the road
Indeed, Sony has published a video in which the manufacturer explains that the concept has arrived at its premises in Tokyo to be improved there but also to hit the road in public tests.
Developed in the deepest secrecy, the Vision-S concept car is supported by Sony’s European division, but not only. Many manufacturers and other accessories manufacturers have also worked in trades that the Japanese does not master, to achieve a concept capable of running and with finishes close to a production model.
Thus, while Magna took care of the electric drive part, Bosch, Qualcomm, Panasonic or even Blackberry intervened at different levels on the car.
The Vision-S also impressed with its 33 onboard sensors, including some CMOS for road condition analysis, and 360 Real audio in the cabin.
In any case, for Sony and its partners, the Vision-S had everything of a laboratory on four wheels and it is undoubtedly for this reason that the experience has just taken a new turn with the launch of the phases of road development.
Indeed, between the tests on private circuit and the tests on open road, the differences are obvious and this second method is a necessary step to test the reliability of the external sensors, for example.
To those who see the Vision-S as the best competitor of the Tesla Model S, this new phase does not constitute undeniable proof of the commercialization of the car.
On-road development makes it possible to have the vehicle as close as possible to a production car, and to run it under conventional conditions.
For Sony, this is therefore a logical continuation of the experience that began at CES but not an announcement of its arrival in the auto industry. In fact, the Japanese automaker keeps the blurry out by indicating that it does not intend to invest in the auto market. While the upcoming commercialization of a production Vision-S is not on the agenda, Sony’s interest in car technology seems obvious.