Sony recently presented the latest prototype of its next electric car developed with Honda. Like a game console on wheels, it will feature Unreal Engine as well as artificial intelligence.
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Sony intends to enter the electric car market, thanks to a partnership with Honda in the form of the firm Sony Honda Mobility. The project is called Afeela, and the company has been working on it for several years. It is not a simple electric car, since Sony wishes “ redefine the relationship between people and mobility » notably thanks to artificial intelligence.
When the latest prototype was revealed at CES 2024 earlier this month, Izumi Kawanishi, president and COO of Sony Honda Mobility, brought the car onto stage using a PlayStation 5 controller. is not a function that will be available on the final model, this presentation allowed us to focus on the entertainment part of this car.
Presentation of the current Afeela prototype. © Sony Honda Mobility
A real games console
The car will feature Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.3 gaming engine, to provide entertainment as well as a security system using augmented reality. Sony and Honda also called on MicrosoftMicrosoft to develop a conversational agentconversational agent staff based on Azure OpenAI Service. The firm also announced a noise reduction system, as well as spatial sound. The car will be covered with sensorssensors in order to obtain 360-degree data, which will be used for augmented reality as well as for the level 2 to 2+ driver assistance system, or even level 3 under certain conditions.
Finally, regarding the car itself, the specifications have not changed since the last announcement, namely a power of 400 kW (536 hp), 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and a vitessevitesse maximum speed of 240 km/h. The firm has not yet announced pricing, but the launch is planned for 2026.
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