Sony tests its electric car on public roads in Japan

Date:30 July 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show [CES] which took place between January and February, Sony shocked everyone when it showcased a prototype electric vehicle called the Vision-S.

The Vision-S was meant to showcase how Sony’s different pieces of technology could be integrated into a vehicle. Sony suggested at the time that it had no intention of ever using the Vision-S on public roads, however, it seems as though the tech giants may have had a change of heart.

In the description of a video published to the official Sony YouTube channel, it states that the car is “currently under development for public road testing this fiscal year,” pointing to the possiblity that Sony might have more planned for the Vision-S besides just using it as a vessel to show off its latest technology.

Aside from being filled to the brim with Sony’s latest tech, the Vision-S features dual 200kW engines, one located in the front of the vehicle and one located in the rear. The dual electric engines propel the Vision-S from 0-100Km/h in just 4.8 seconds and onward to a top speed of  239Km/h.

The vehicle also features a level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, which allows it autonomously steer, accelerate, and break, however, a driver must still in place to take over manual control if needed. Sony did however confirm to Engadet that it is interested in achieving higher levels of autonomy in the future.

Image credit; Twitter/@LowyatNET

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