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  • - 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.

- Hey everybody!

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