Sony stated it might start testing self-driving vehicles as early as this year to beef up the corporate’s sensing and safety technologies, as the Japanese electronics and entertainment titan accelerates its automotive push.
Sony revealed the plan because it unveiled an electric concept car with 33 embedded sensors, together with image sensors and stable state light detection and ranging (Lidar) sensors, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday.
The concept car, engineered with the assistance of Bosch, Continental, and other associates, further incorporates Sony’s in-car leisure systems with spatial audio technology.
Sony is aiming to start test rides throughout the next financial year beginning in April to check the potential of its auto-related technologies, a spokesperson stated. The corporate has no plans to supply its personal vehicles, he added.
Sony dominates the marketplace for smartphone image sensors; however, it has been attempting to catch up with ON Semiconductor Corporation in sensors for automotive applications.
Despite its Breathtaking features, Sony has no plans of carrying this car into production. It was an in-house venture from the beginning, and it can drive; however, that’s as far as it will go.
The automotive trade has loads of electronics suppliers that create every part, from screens to sensors. And it’s a sector that is growing bigger and more necessary in today’s age of sophisticated driver assists and infotainment techniques.