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Sony plans to enter EV business with Vision-S 02 electric SUV

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 06 Jan' 22 | Updated: 14 Jan' 22


Sony Plans for EV Vehicles

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  • According to expectations, Sony Mobility Inc will launch in the following months
  • Sony Vision-S 02 is approximately 5 meters in length and 2 meters in breadth
  • Video games can be played on the displays of SUVs when they are linked to a Sony Playstation

 

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony revealed plans to join the automobile market with a dedicated mobility firm. The Sony company also displayed a pair of bespoke electric vehicle ideas.

 

The Sony Vision-S electric saloon, which was also displayed in 2020, was the first electric vehicle, while the Sony Vision-S 02 SUV was the second.

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Japanese technology giant Sony introduced the Vision-S electric saloon in 2020 as a demonstration of its in-car entertainment systems & autonomous driving. 

 

However, despite beginning testing with a road-legal prototype the following year, the company did not indicate that a production variant of the Sony Vision-S electric saloon would be released soon after.

 

Following this announcement, the corporation has stated that it will establish a new operating business, Sony Mobility Inc., in the spring of this year (March-May), through which it aims to investigate entry into the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

 

According to the company, its business model will be based on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics advancements made in-house, which it claims will assist in realizing a world where all can coexist in harmony with robots daily, fill individuals with emotion, and make a positive contribution to society," according to the company.

 

Because of this news, according to the Financial Times, Sony's stock price has risen by more than 4.5 percent since the announcement.

What do we know about the Sony Vision-S 02 SUV so far?

A second customized electric vehicle concept, known as the Sony Vision-S 02 SUV, will be unveiled at CES 2022 as part of Sony's venture into the mobility industry, which the company refers to as its Vision-S program. 

 

The new seven-seater Sony Vision-S 02 SUV is built on the same platform and with the same connectivity technologies as Sony Vision-S electric saloon counterpart, and it is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 272 horsepower on each axle.

 

Sony has not published any performance data other than to affirm that the Vision-S 02 SUV would be capable of reaching speeds of more than 180kph, nor has it provided any information on the SUV's battery capacity. 

 

According to the manufacturer, the Sony Vision-S 02 SUV spans 4,895mm in length, 1,930mm in width, and 1,651mm in height, which is nearly the same as the Tesla Model Y.

 

Similar to the Sony Vision-S electric saloon sibling, it has been exhibited in what appears to be a production-ready shape, with Sony even emphasizing the additional room provided by the vehicle's fold-down rear seats.

 

Following Sony's emphasis on autonomy, it incorporates high-sensitivity, high-resolution, broad dynamic range sensors throughout, which helps to improve overall safety and security. 

 

On European roads, Sony is now evaluating this technology, with the goal of delivering Level 2+ driver aid systems in the near future.

 

Sony has also fitted speakers in the seats of Vision-S 02 SUV to produce a three-dimensional audio experience, which the company claims will make occupants feel as if they are enveloped by a live performance of a favorite artist. Sony has drawn on its experience in the entertainment industry to develop the technology.

 

Videos may be played back on the panoramic infotainment interface and individual rear screens in the Sony Vision-S 02, while video games can be played on the rear displays via a remote link to a Sony PlayStation console.

 

Sony will not be the first tech giant to enter the car business, and it will not be the last. In addition, Apple has been working on its own electric vehicle since at least 2014, Google provides infotainment software to a slew of automakers (including Ford and Volvo), while LG and Panasonic are some of the most prominent EV battery producers on the market.

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