The Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony presented at the Las Vegas consumer electronics fair (CES) a prototype electric car called Vision-S, which it manufactured in collaboration with several companies in the sector, such as the German Benteler and the Canadian Magna.
The vehicle, with a design similar to the Tesla Model 3, has a total length of 4.8 meters, a height of 1.45 meters, a width of 1.9 meters and a weight of 2,350 kilograms. The Vision-S has the capacity to accommodate four adults in individual seats.
The Sony prototype, a company known for its video game consoles and cameras, among other electronic products, is equipped with two electric motors, one for each of the axles of the vehicle, which individually provide 200 kilowatts of power and traction to its four wheels.
The Vision-S can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 240 kilometers per hour.
Sony said that the platform on which the Vision-S is based can be used by “various uses and types of cars,” from two-seater to saloons, SUV SUVs and minivans.
The Japanese company also highlighted software capabilities, artificial intelligence and vehicle sensors that will allow it to “evolve” thanks to the use of 5G telecommunication technologies.
“Integrated software is constantly evolving via the Internet,” said Sony, adding that “it will evolve from a conventional group of independent systems that have predetermined functions to an integrated and connected advanced system that has the potential to grow.”
“Sony is focused on making the continuous evolution of cars via networks a reality and the creation of a society in which each owner has only one vehicle for a long time to minimize their environmental impact,” the company added.
According to Sony, the prototype has 33 sensors inside and outside to help both driving and the comfort of the occupants.
For example, if the vehicle detects that a passenger is asleep in the rear seats, “it will automatically control the weather around the seat at a suitable temperature.” “The goal is to develop a car that learns from people inside each time, and develops into a smart partner,” the company added.
Benteler, which produces chassis and other parts to automakers, said in a statement that it will provide “key components” for the Sony vehicle.
In parallel, Benteler exhibits an electric vehicle platform, Electric Drive System, at the CES in Las Vegas, which they has developed in collaboration with the German Bosch.