This image, taken in Tokyo, Japan on August 7th 2020, shows a prototype of Sony’s Vision-S electric vehicle.
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Sony has started testing its Vision-S electric car on public roads, with the Japanese tech giant stating that the development of the prototype vehicle has “reached the next stage.”
In an announcement made at the tech event CES 2021 this week, the firm said testing of the vehicle began in Austria last month for what it described as “technical evaluation” as it looks to improve its safety.
Looking ahead, Sony says it plans to continue development work on the vehicle and carry out tests in other regions.
According to the business, two 200 kilowatt motors — located at its front and rear — power the four-seater car, which weighs 5,180 pounds, or 2,350 kilograms. The vehicle uses 40 sensors to monitor safety and undertake a range of tasks such as autonomous parking.
Given that the vehicle is only a prototype, and Sony is not known for making…