Vision-S: Sony unveils electric autonomous car

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Sony made a surprise announcement by revealing a prototype electric vehicle that takes advantage of its imaging and sensing technologies for the future of mobility.

Crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas were treated to the premiere of the Vision-S, an electric vehicle that showcases the tech company’s efforts to incorporate safety, reliability, comfort and entertainment.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that Mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade. I believe the next mega-trend will be mobility,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony Corporation president and CEO, as he unveiled a prototype vehicle incorporating imaging and sensing technologies that contribute to safer and more reliable autonomous driving.

A total of 33 sensors including CMOS image sensors and ToF sensors are embedded within the vehicle, in order to detect and recognize people and objects inside and outside the car and provide highly advanced driving support. Sony’s 360 Reality Audio provides a deep and immersive audio experience through speakers built into each seat to encapsulates passengers in sound. The front seats face a panoramic screen on which rich and diverse content can be enjoyed through an intuitive user interface.

This video shows the key technology features of the Vision-S.

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