Sony reveals more details on its secretive Vision-S sedan – TechCrunch

Sony’s The Viz-S prototype sedan, one of the biggest surprises at CES last year, did not take off after the Tech Trade Show ended.

The Vision-S is back in a series of new videos released by Sony during 2021 CES, Which closed on Monday. two Video Show Vision-S prototype driving on a private track and Then public roads in Austria. But this is a third, longer video (included below) that sheds more light on how Sony’s prototypes, its partners, and some tech’s hood are designed and developed.

Sony Vision-S Car

Image Credit: Sony / screenshot

Crucially, the Vision-S prototype also appears to be the only starting point for Sony, according to Frank Stein, president of automotive contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, one of Sony’s partners on the project. Stein, interviewing in a nearly 9-minute video, suggests that Sony and Magna’s partnership will continue, with comments that may help prevent speculation that the prototype was the only one.

The video, along with more information on its website, suggests that Sony and several of its partners have been developing the vehicle over the past year.

According to a senior vice president at the company, who was featured in the video, Sony increased the number of sensors on the vehicle to 40 for 360-degree awareness and experimented with ways to enhance its capabilities. Sony also created a system to verify the safety and security of its connected vehicle, he said.

The dashboard-length display screen shown below features five playing card-sized tiles in the center labeled camera, settings, navigation, music, and video.

Sony Vision S Car CES

Image Credit: Sony / screenshot

The video footage reveals several other features, which are under development including a voice assistant, gesture control, video games like entertainment, the ability to update the car’s software wirelessly, 5G connectivity and use a driver monitoring system . -Cabin Camera. The camera, which Sony describes in more detail on its website, is particularly interesting.

The camera is used to identify and identify the occupant’s position. If it detects a sleeping passenger on the rear seat, the car will automatically control the climate around that seat, according to Sony. The system continues to evolve through everyday use, learning the driver’s preferred temperature and music and driving routes. The company says that actual driving data is used to make the space more comfortable.

The video featured an array of partners on Vision-S including Bosch and Continental, Hungarian automated driving startup AIMotive, software company Elektrobit Automotive, French automotive supplier Valeo, telecommunications giant Vodafone and German car parts manufacturer ZF Group. A collection of partners, including mapping companies HERE, Nvidia and Blackberry / QNX and Qualcomm, have little doubt that someday it will be a Sony car that consumers can buy.

“Getting closer to the people is our corporate direction,” Izumi Kanishka, a senior Sony vice president, said in the video. “I think mobility acts as a tool to achieve this.”