Sony Vision-S concept car first look


– Hey everybody! This is Sean O’Kane from the Verge, and I’m standing in
front of what is probably the surprise announcement of the Consumer Electronics Show this year, at least in my mind. Which is that Sony announced a car. This is the Sony Vision S. That’s right, at the end of Sony’s press
conference the other day the company just rolled out
an electric concept car, talked about it for a few minutes, and then that was it. None of us were really
expecting this in any way. I think the most surprising thing about it is that it looks pretty legit. Sony calls it a prototype car, but it really falls between what we traditionally consider to be a concept car and a prototype. Meaning that it has things
like functional brakes, and a dashboard and
touchscreens that work, and a whole bunch of other little touches that you expect to see on a car that a company is actually
going to try and develop and test out on the road. And on the design side, it
actually looks pretty competent. It shares a lot of traits
with modern electric vehicles like your Teslas, or even
some stuff from start ups like Lucid Motors. That means a lot of really smooth lines and a big sweeping glass roof, and lighting that sort of
pipes all the way around the front and rear of the vehicle, and of course door handles that pop out. Probably the most impressive
thing inside the car is that the software looks
really well polished, the design of it is really clean, and it all moves really well. There’s really fluid animations, the graphics all look really nice, there’s basically
everything you would expect from a Sony touchscreen product. Not everybody’s going to
want a set of touchscreens that span the entire dashboard, but as we head towards a
future where automakers put more touchscreens inside their cars, this might be one of the
better ways to pull it off with these sections that
go across the dashboard, that have the ability to
display different content for the driver and the passenger. So that the driver isn’t as distracted by whatever it is the
passenger’s looking at. There’s also a lot of different
interface elements here. You can use the touchscreen
up on the dashboard, there’s this touch pad
on the center console, as well as a volume knob. You’ve got buttons all over the place. It’s basically everything you would expect from a screen based Sony product, and it again sort of
speaks to this idea that Sony is really trying to
get the point across that this is not just a concept car, this is not just something that’s throwing a lot of ideas out there, but this is something that is basically close to a prototype. They wanted to make something
that felt like a real car. And sitting inside here and
spending a little bit of time with some of the user interface elements, it does really give that feel. Now why did Sony go and make
an electric concept car? Well, the company basically
makes a whole bunch of different technologies that it
thinks would play well in the automotive space. That could be it’s camera sensors, which are crucial to things
like autonomous driving, to things like 360 degree
spatial surround sound that permeates the inside of the cabin. And Sony figured, what better way to advertise that we really want to push
into the automotive space, than to make a pretty legit
looking car on our own. That said, they developed
the car in conjunction with an automotive spire called Magna, so they had a little help in
putting this thing together. But as far as Sony is saying, this is a real car that could roll. You wouldn’t be able to
drive it on roads right now, but they really put the
work in to make something that would prove to potential customers in the industry that
they’re really thinking about what it would take
to put their technology in an actual car. Now that unfortunately means you’re probably not
going to be able to buy a Son car any time soon. Sony says it has no plans
to mass produce this, or even do a limited
run version of this car. And knowing how hard it is, and how much money it takes
to put a car into production, it’s probably for the best that Sony isn’t going down that road as exciting an idea as
the Sony car might be. Hey everybody, thanks for watching ! And if you liked the Sony car, maybe you’ll like the
video that we just made about Mercedes Benz’s very
weird Avatar concept car.

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