Sony Vision-S Goes Back To Japan As Development Continues

Sony surprised everyone at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with the launch of the Vision-S concept car. It took the form of a sleek electric vehicle with advanced autonomous systems and a pair of 268 horsepower (200 kilowatt) electric motors. At first, we thought the Tokyo-based company could test the waters of entering the auto industry, but an executive later confirmed that it was not becoming an auto maker.

Well, we’re getting mixed signals now. Sony has just confirmed that it has returned the Vision-S to Japan, where the company will continue to advance its “detection and audio technologies”. The most interesting part of the announcement is that the concept will begin public road testing before the end of the year.

“Vision-S Prototype has arrived in Tokyo to advance our sensing and audio technologies,” says Sony. “The prototype vehicle is also being developed for public road testing during this fiscal year.”

As a reminder, the Vision-S was developed by Sony in cooperation with big names such as Nvidia, Continental, Bosch, ZF and Qualcomm. The main focus of the all-electric sedan was to showcase what Sony can offer the automotive industry, including its advanced autonomous driving system with no less than 33 sensors.

But it’s not just a static prototype. A video accompanying the announcement shows the Vision-S in motion and it’s not the first time we’ve seen it in action. In fact, Sony claims it can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.8 seconds.

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