It’s been a year since Sony first announced it had its eyes on the road too, surprising everyone at CES 2020 with its own concept electric vehicle. Of course, 2020 was quite a disaster, so it’s not uncommon that we haven’t heard much about this Sony EV afterwards, aside from a quick sighting in August. At this year’s purely virtual CES 2021, Sony is showing that, figuratively, of course, it did not sit on the VISION-S and even took it for a test run on public roads last month.
The Sony VISION-S is more interesting for those who make it than for what it is. After all, it was only a concept until a prototype was made last year, but it seems Sony is investing quite a bit in making it an actual product. However, the company is better known for its consumer electronics, cameras, and the technologies that power them. That’s exactly what this car is.
Sony’s game last year was to showcase its technologies that could then be used by automakers on their cars. The company specializes in imaging, sensors, and the computer technologies required to control them and process the data they provide. However, these make up only part of a car, and it remained to be seen whether they could actually be used in actual vehicles.
Perhaps to dispel these doubts, Sony showed a short clip at CES 2021 that unveiled a VISION-S prototype that is driven on public roads in Austria. Of course, it doesn’t go into very much detail, other than giving a little glimpse into the data captured by the cars’ sensors and how it is presented to the driver.
Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t say much about the VISION-S EV except that it has reached this test phase for the technical evaluation. Interestingly, Sony’s video may have been captured by its new Airpeak drone, which carries a full-screen mirrorless alpha camera that is briefly seen there as well.