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See Sony’s first Vision-S, VE test drive

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Partly over the past year, Sony’s Vision-S electric vehicle has gone from being a mere prototype to something the company said it wanted to get closer to reality. In July, Sony announced that it planned to start testing the vehicle on public roads by the end of 2020. True to their word, they did just that.

Although it did not provide a substantive update on EV in its CES 2021 talk, Sony says it started testing EV in Europe in December and shared a clip of the car rolling on picturesque Austrian roads – the company recently also announced the drone Airpeak that made an appearance in the video.

Vision-S has dual 200kW motors, one at the front and one at the rear. It can go from 0-62 MPH (about 100 km / h) in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 149 MPH (about 240 km / h). At the time Sony unveiled the car, it had level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, which means that we can handle steering, acceleration and braking, but a driver has to be in place to take control if necessary.

The company told Engadget at CES that it was interested in achieving higher levels of autonomy, but it will not necessarily be an urgent matter.

Vision-S is packed with 33 sensors to allow autonomous driving and other features, such as recognizing people and items inside and outside. He will be able to adjust the car’s settings to match the preferences of those in control. And, because this is Sony, there is a focus on the entertainment car.

Vision-S has 360 Reality Audio, with speakers in each of the four-seater headrests. It had a user interface too, including a panoramic touchscreen.

When Sony first unveiled the S-Vision at CES 2020, it said it created it to showcase its technology to companies in the automotive industry.

The prototype we saw at the fair featured two 200kW engines and was able to accelerate to 62 MPH (about 100 km / h) in 4.8 seconds. At the time, Sony said the car also had level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, but that it planned to make it more autonomous in the future.

Source: Engadget

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