Sony unveils the Vision-S: An electric car that might never hit the road

When you think of the word ‘Sony’, you’re usually left to imagine a television screen, a not-quite-on-par superhero movie, or perhaps an Xperia smartphone followed by the final few letters of the alphabet. However, the Japanese brand has elected to shake off some of those stereotypes with the reveal of the prototype Vision-S: An electric car that the brand likely won’t produce en-masse, but intends to use to show off its vision for a connected drive.

In a statement to the press, Yuhei Yabe – manager of Sony Corporation’s AI and robotics business group – offered that “Through the process of building the prototype, we started to learn a lot about the architecture of the vehicle, we started to think about how our other technologies could be implemented in a vehicle.”

That being said, real incentive behind the Vision-S is its cockpit, which is perhaps unsurprisingly all-screen. Six displays adorn its dashboard (the two in front of the driver being touch-sensitive) with the idea being to designate one screen per entertainment type – such as for movies, gaming, or perhaps more quintessentially, navigation.

The Vision-S is further replete with speakers in all four headrests, and rear passengers of course get their own touch display. Sony also endeavoured to use its own technologies for its electric car, which included sourcing its own batteries.

Though the Vision-S (likely) won’t be produced in great numbers (if any at all), the vehicle includes some impressive specs considering its novelty. Sony claimed that the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 149 miles per hour. The company, however, neglected to claim a final range for the vehicle.

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