From Sony's side, the Vision-S includes ultra-wide display screens, gesture control and some 33 sensors inside and out.
Tech giant Sony shocked attendees at this year's CES by unveiling a new electric vehicle. The Sony Vision S is basically an effort to highlight Sony's venture into mobility. It features always-on connectivity and 33 different sensors in and around the outside of the vehicle.
Sony Corp. has unveiled the first prototype of an electric vehicle equipped with autonomous driving technology under its new Vision-S initiative. Current-generation sensors used in self-driving cars are not only bulky but expensive as well.
The cabin is perhaps the best place to see Sony's more familiar stock-in-trade, with large panoramic displays stretching across the dashboard, ready - no doubt - to show the latest Spider-Man film and whatever else Sony Pictures has the exclusive licence for.
Sony has built an EV.
The tech giant's collaborating partners featured predominantly the names of other telecomm and tech shops like Nvidia, Qualcomm, Magna, Bosch and Blackberry. Chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida reiterated multiple times that Sony now considers itself a Creative Entertainment Company, and he stressed that the firm's aim is to use technology to both stir emotions and improve lives.
The main element that Sony seems to be pushing is the Vision-S's sensors.
What just happened? Sony driving its electric vehicle on-stage probably makes for the biggest surprise reveal of CES.
Details on the Sony Vision-S sedan are limited.
From walkmans to TVs and phones, Sony has been a leader in the consumer electronics space for decades and has managed to chart its own course in developing technology that makes the world gasp, often collectively.
According to its specification page, the Vision-S can go from 0-100 km per hour in just 4.8 seconds.
"Sony is working to thoroughly understand the mechanism of cars - to not only comprehend how they are made and the challenges they present, but also their relevance to society", Sony said in a statement.