Sony reveals Vision-S electric SUV prototype at CES


Sony did it once more, shocking CES attendees with one other electric idea automotive, this time a 7-seater SUV.

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida revealed the Vision-S SUV prototype on Tuesday, a followup to an idea automotive with the identical identify that the corporate unveiled at CES 2020.

Sony plans to look into whether or not it could enter the more and more crowded EV market by way of a brand new working firm, Sony Mobility, this spring, in accordance with a press release. As extra customers buy electric automobiles, a number of automakers are increasing into electric SUVs and vans.

The corporate identified for TVs, audio system, and cameras, boasted that its prototype supplied “immersive” audio, gaming capabilities, a panoramic display screen up entrance, and rear-seat shows.

A concept electric SUV next to a concept EV sedan on a road with a mountain in the background.

Left: Sony’s Vision-S SUV, an idea electric SUV. Proper: Sony’s Vision-S, an idea electric sedan.
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Sony has its eyes set on autonomous driving, too, in accordance with the assertion. Whereas the Vision-S introduced in 2020 had 33 sensors, the SUV has 40. Assisted driving options have been all the craze in new EVs. GM has Tremendous Cruise, a hands-free driving system, in its 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, and Tesla affords its so-called Full Self Driving characteristic, which offers steering and parking help, amongst other capabilities.

Whereas the Vision-S and its SUV construct are simply prototypes for now, a number of EV idea automobiles have come to market through the years. For instance, the BMW iX and Cadillac Lyriq, each coming within the first half of 2022, had been as soon as idea automobiles.


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Sony is at present testing the Vision-S sedan on public roads in Europe. It did not say when or the place it will take a look at drive its SUV prototype.

Each the sedan and SUV will probably be on show at CES this week. Particulars about battery sort, driving vary, or charging capabilities weren’t made available.