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Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV Starts Being Tested On Public Roads

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K. Rawat

Automotive Journalist

January 13, 2021 at 07:11 AM

Announced specs included a variety of sensors for autonomous driving, an “immersive audio experience,” a “software-oriented design,” 400kW (536hp) dual-motor all-wheel-drive, 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 240km/h (149mph).

The Sony Vision-S was shown at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020), which immediately struck the fact that it looked like a production-ready vehicle, Sony made it clear back then it was certainly not designed for manufacturing. Yet, it kept dropping hints that it had different plans.

What plans? Well, only a year before, it advertised a video revealing a Vision-S prototype that stated the vehicle was engineered in collaboration with Magna Steyr and built on what exactly is presumed to be the latter's proprietary platform. What's more, Sony also declared that it was bringing back the vehicle to adjust it for test drives on public roads. Sony will proceed to improve the vehicle further and intends to carry driving tests in other countries.

Over the past 12 months, Sony's Vision-S electric-vehicle went out of merely a model to something the company said that it wished to create nearer to reality. Back in July, Sony announced it intended to begin analyzing the automobile on public roads by the end of 2020. 

While it did not offer a purposeful upgrade on the EV in its CES 2021 key-note, Sony says it started testing the EV in Europe in December and shared a picture of vehicle driving in picturesque Nordic roads- also recently announced Airpeak drone makes an appearance at the movie.

By citing its cutting-edge technologies, Sony aims to contribute to mobility by donating safety, security, and in-car entertainment that generates new excitement.

Aside from the video showing the prototype being driven on public roads, Sony also released this video that sheds a bit more light on the development process behind it. It is a longer video and while it still doesn’t answer the all important question regarding the production prospects for the vehicle, it does explain more of what this project is about. 

Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
Sony’s All-Electric VISION-S EV
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