Sony VISION-S has an electric car technology that allows it to be driven remotely, you know. This technology is an application of the 5G internet network function which is also a part of the architecture of the Sony VISION-S platform.
Sony says the 5G internet connectivity on the VISION-S primarily gives passengers and drivers access to cloud-based services.
Through this service, drivers and passengers can enjoy streaming entertainment media such as movies, music, or games in the car.
Now it turns out that Sony is not only developing 5G internet connectivity for entertainment, but to operate the car remotely.
In collaboration with the telecommunications company Vodafone Germany, Sony has carried out several remote road tests since April 2021.
The purpose of this remote test is to learn how to use the characteristics of 5G connections in mobility applications.
For additional information, Sony tested this 5G connectivity in Aldenhoven, Germany using the Sony VISION-S 01 prototype.
In the test, Sony engineers in Japan connected to cars in Germany via a Telematics Control Unit (TCU) connected to a 5G network. Via this connection, Sony engineers can access the car's exterior camera and display it on three different screens.
In addition to the camera, Sony engineers also get steering control signals and car pedals so that they can be controlled via Driving Force for game consoles.
Sony said it would still develop this technology, especially in transmitting a more stable data signal for video and sensors in cars. This remote development from Sony opens the potential for future electric cars to be driven remotely.
Surely this can have a positive effect on the development of other electric car technologies such as fully autonomous driving.