A video of the Sony Vision-S electric vehicle testing on roads around Austria has been released by the Japanese technology company.
One year after Sony surprised the world by unveiling its Vision-S concept, the electric vehicle (EV) appears to be edging ever-closer to become a production reality.
Sony says the Vision-S uses 40 sensors to provide active safety systems surrounding the car, with a handful of semi-autonomous safety features expected.
The concept uses two 200kW electric motors mounted on each axle to provide all-wheel drive, and has a zero to 100km/h time reportedly coming in at under five seconds.
The battery technology feeding those electric motors has not been revealed, but many have suggested they will feature state-of-the-art technology with a long driving range and quick-charging.
As expected from a company famous for its home entertainment, the cabin is home to many high-definition infotainment screens, which Sony describes as an "immersive video and sound system".
Over-the-air software updates will also be available, as well as a 'cloud-based' artificial intelligence system which can be personalised for the driver.
The Sony Vision-S is a contrast to the much-rumoured Apple car.
While the industry has been abuzz with Apple's 'Project Titan' car, it appears Sony has had its head down, continuing its development of the Vision-S.
However, both tech giants face the same large hurdle: production.
Apple and Sony may have the finances and talent to engineer a concept car, but manufacturing a production vehicle at scale is a mammoth task, and is the biggest challenge for both companies.
Earlier this week, whispers suggested Hyundai may be tapped to manufacture Apple's future EV on its behalf.
While yet to be confirmed, it appears Austrian company Steyr may be tasked with the job for Sony.
When the concept was first shown in 2020, CEO Kenichiro Yoshida thanked the company on stage. Now, the pre-production mule has been testing in Steyr's home country of Austria.
Sony has yet to confirm the vehicle for production, instead calling the Vision-S a testbed for technological innovation.
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