Sony has shocked the world by unveiling an electric car dubbed the Vision S during the 2020 International CES tech show held from 7-10 January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The Vision S is a prototype designed to show off the firm’s sensors and in-car entertainment technologies.
The dashboard is flanked by an ultra-wide panoramic screen “for driving information and entertainment”. Among the internal features of the car is sensing technology that can detect occupants of the vehicle and recognise them, in order to allow for gesture control of the entertainment systems. In total, Sony has included 33 sensors in the Vision S prototype. The Japanese firm is known to have developed powerful image sensors that can be used to analyse the road in front of a vehicle. However, Sony did not indicate that it had any plans to sell the car to the public. “We will accelerate our efforts to contribute to the future of mobility,” Sony’s chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida stated.
Also unveiled at the CES was a concept car from Mercedes-Benz, which has teamed up with the creators of science-fiction film Avatar to develop the Vision AVTR (Advanced Vehicle Transformation). The car has no steering wheel or engine but features movable reptilian “scales”, a wooden floor, transparent doors and an “infotainment” system operated by gesture. Avatar director James Cameron joined Mercedes-Benz chairman Ola Kallenius on stage.
CES is an annual trade show organised by the Consumer Technology Association. The event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.