It’s been a year since Sony revealed that it also had its eyes on the road, surprising everyone at CES 2020 with its own electric vehicle concept. Of course, 2020 was quite a disaster, so it’s not unusual that we didn’t hear much about this Sony EV afterwards, except for a brief report in August. At this year’s purely virtual CES 2021, Sony reveals that it was not sitting on the VISION-S, figuratively speaking, of course, and actually even took it for a test on public roads last month.
Sony VISION-S is interesting more for those who are doing it than for what it is. After all, it was just a concept until a prototype was made last year, but it seems that Sony is quite invested in seeing it become a real product. The company, however, is best known for its consumer electronics, cameras and the technologies that move them, which is basically what this car is.
Sony’s speech last year involved showcasing its technologies that could be used by automakers in their cars. The company specializes in the images, sensors and computing technologies necessary to conduct them and process the data from them. These, however, make up only one part of a car and it remains to be seen whether they could actually be used in real vehicles.
Perhaps to dispel these doubts, Sony showed a short clip at CES 2021 that revealed a prototype of the VISION-S being driven on public roads in Austria. It does not give many details, of course, except to give a preview of the data collected by the sensors of the cars and how they are presented to the driver.
Sony, unfortunately, does not say much more about the VISION-S EV other than that it has reached this stage of testing for technical evaluation. Interestingly, Sony’s video may have been recorded by its new Airpeak drone, carrying an Alpha camera without a full frame mirror, which also makes a brief appearance there.