Take advantage of Honda’s industry knowledge and Sony’s technology experience
Okay, so it’s really going to happen. Sony has a partner to produce its electric cars. Honda has announced an alliance with Sony to design, build and sell new electric vehicles.
Honda is already preparing for the release of its first electric car in the U.S. in 2024, and Acura is expected to follow suit. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker is partnering with Sony to develop electric cars under a separate brand.
Sony has long expressed interest in building electric cars and has developed a few prototypes in recent years.
In a statement, Honda said the pair would finalize the joint venture agreement by the end of 2022, subject to regulatory hurdles. The new electric car of the “New Company” is expected to go on sale in 2025.
Honda is doing the hard work.
Sony has been keeping an eye on EV construction for some time and launched a new concept car at CES 2022. Vision-S 02 was announced by Sony that it plans to set up a new mobile company this year.
At the time, Sony was referring to building relationships with major suppliers and production partners, so the move to partner Honda was the next logical step down that path.
As for what this means from Sony, the company’s announcement provides some clues.
“The alliance aims to bring together Honda’s mobility development capabilities, body manufacturing technology and after-sales service management experience cultivated over many years,
with Sony’s expertise in the development and application of imaging, sensor, telecommunications, networking and entertainment technologies,” the statement said.
That sounds awful like Honda will do the heavy car-building work, while Sony will provide basic technology and software.
It should also be noted that Honda’s huge dealer network is a powerful support mechanism for the repair and management of vehicles after reality.
Play PS5 games inside
Sony’s ev production itself is a rather wild development, but what’s even more intriguing is that the company looks set to bring PlayStation games inside cars.
On its Vision-S press page, Sony wrote: “The central screen and passenger display connect remotely to the home game console or to the cloud network via 5G. You can play popular PlayStation games with high-quality images on the big screen, while waiting for the car when charging or parking. ”
That statement comes with the image above – a clear sign that gaming in cars is very serious. The idea of being able to park and receive a controller will appeal to many people – although 5G networks will need to improve to ensure a strong and consistent connection.
Interestingly, Sony’s current message around gaming in their two Vision-S CONCEPT EVs focuses on the PS4’s Dualshock 4 controller, rather than the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5.
Sony announced its first EV concept – the Vision-S 01 – in January 2020, before the PS5 was announced later that year. We fully expect a car ready for consumers in 2025 to have the front and center of the PS5 instead.