Sony unveils Sony Vision-S, an all-electric concept auto at CES 2020

In a shocking announcement Sony just unveiled an electric car

The question now is this: Will Sony actually build it for production?

In what was a rather unexpected turn at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced it has been developing a prototype electric vehicle named Vision-S. Other partners include Benteler, Blackberry, Bosch, Continental, Elektrobit, Genetex, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and ZF Friedrichshafen. Their CMOS sensors, like those used in its cameras, are already used in vehicles like the Toyota Corolla and Lexus NX. The car's autonomous driving skills are still at Level 2, which means that it can accelerate, brake and steer on its own, but still requires a driver to take control if there is a malfunction in the system. Sony is mum about the drivetrain-it's assumed to be powered by a pair of electric motors-but says it can go from 0-62 miles per hour (MPH) in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 149 MPH.

The new auto, technically called the Vision-S Prototype Vehicle, rolled onto the stage during Sony Corporation president Kenichiro Yoshida's presentation.

The Vision-S has 33 different sensors incorporated into its design and is something of a moving showroom for Sony, illustrating the strength of the Japanese tech conglomerate's components.

There's a fully-connected system underlying the car's propulsion and infotainment, which is always on for over-the-air updates and more.

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It's called the Vision S, and it's interesting to say the least.

Sony expands on the idea of in-car entertainment by offering "Sony's "360 Reality Audio" which allegedly makes the vehicle like a high-end listening room with speakers mounted inside the seats". The seats upfront also have a panoramic screen with an intuitive user interface.

The Vision-S Prototype sedan that Sony unveiled is just one model that the new platform can accommodate - so we might see other versions in the future, including an inevitable SUV.

While it doesn't appear that the organisation has any plans to get into the automotive industry, it clearly intends to sell its technology to more established manufacturers.

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