The Sony VISION-S concept, unveiled by the Japanese company at the CES show in Las Vegas, naturally aroused suspicions that the electronics giant is testing the waters to launch its own car brand on the market. Moreover, this is not the first car concept from Sony. But no: the head of this project, Izumi Kawanishi, in an interview with Impress Watch, explained that Sony has no plans to become an automaker. And VISION-S is just a demonstration of Sony's contribution to the evolution of the modern car. Nevertheless, the car is worked out very, very detailed. Contrary to custom, a number of its characteristics were even announced.
The concept is powered by two electric motors of 200 kW (272 hp) each. They stand one at the front and rear axles. Drive, respectively, full. From zero to hundreds of electric car accelerates in 4,8 seconds. The maximum speed is 240 km/h.
Of course, the main attention is paid to the electronic stuffing. The machine has a high degree of autonomy (2+ in this concept, with a promising growth to levels 4 and 5 only due to a software update). It is provided by as many as 33 sensors of various types, including 13 cameras, 3 lidars, 5 radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Together they create a 360-degree environment perception system called Safety Cocoon (and the arrangement of all these devices is called Oval).
The main theme of the project is the interaction of the car with the driver and passengers. High adaptability to the needs of the inhabitants, constant software updates via the Internet (5G), turning the car into an "intelligent partner" – these are the main ideas implemented in Sony VISION-S.
There are also cameras and sensors in the cabin: the car recognizes the driver's facial expression, head and hand movements. This helps the electronics to control his attention and physical condition in order to take control in time if necessary. At the same time, this system can affect the settings of the climate control system and other parameters of the internal environment.
The concept is able, for example, to detect that the passenger in the back seat has fallen asleep, and adjust the temperature around him for a more comfortable sleep. No wonder the advanced audio system with individual speakers built into each of the four seats. Yes, and a set of displays here, too, with a "secret" – they allow you to display pictures from an army of external cameras in various combinations, and here image processing is used to improve visibility and automatically adjust the brightness of the screens.
It would be risky for Sony to spend a lot of time and effort on another attempt to add a new brand to the saturated automotive world. After the closure of the Dyson car project, Yamaha's abandonment of its own car projects, the fading of the idea of the Apple electric car (read about the idea of \uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbthe Apple electric car here ☛). But the Japanese are quite capable of transferring the developments to someone. By the way, Apple machines were supposed to be produced at the facilities of Magna Steyr, which is known as a contract manufacturer. And just Magna helped Sony with the automotive part of the current concept (in particular, with the platform).
Sony VISION-S Concept
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