What? Sony making electric cars, seriously!? Well, the world is changing and changing fast. I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung or LG start developing electric vehicles. These multi-national conglomerates certainly have the technologies and resources to do so.
Taken from Engadget … Sony surprised many people at CES when it unveiled a prototype electric car. It suggested at the time it didn’t intend for the Vision-S to be used on public roads, but fast forward six months and it might actually be bringing the car to the streets after all.
The company revealed in a YouTube video description (via Autoblog) that the car “has arrived in Tokyo for advancing our sensing and audio technologies. The prototype vehicle is also currently under development for public road testing this fiscal year.
Sony said it created the prototype to showcase its technology to auto manufacturers. However, it seems the company is interested in actually doing something more with the car.
The Vision-S has dual 200kW engines, one in the front and the other in the rear. It can go from 0-62 MPH in 4.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 149 MPH. At the time Sony revealed the car, it had Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, meaning it can handle steering, acceleration and braking, but a driver has to be in place to take control if needed. The company told Engadget at CES it was interested in reaching higher levels of autonomy, but that’s not necessarily a pressing issue.