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Sony is looking for electric cars for its next big hit

Sony is looking for electric cars for its next big hit

January 6, 2021: -Japan’s Sony Group is planning to launch a company this spring to examine entering the electric vehicle market, which looks to harness its strengths in entertainment and sensors to play a more significant role in next-generation mobility.

The recent company, Sony Mobility, comes as the Japanese tech giant is “exploring a commercial launch” of electric vehicles. Sony chairman and president Kenichiro Yoshida told a news conference, speaking ahead of the CES technology trade fair in the U.S.

“With our imaging and sensing, cloud, 5G and entertainment technologies combined with our contents mastery, we believe Sony is well-positioned as a creative entertainment company to redefine mobility,” he said.

Although its always dominant position in consumer electronics has been eroded by Asian rivals like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, Sony still has an arsenal of sophisticated technology in sensors critical to autonomous driving.

It also remains one of the world’s biggest entertainment companies, home to prominent video game and movie franchises. Audio and entertainment systems are increasingly a focus for next-generation vehicles.

Shares in Sony jumped 4.2% in Tokyo after the electric vehicle plans were announced, easily outpacing a flat Nikkei index.

Yoshida unveiled a prototype sport utility vehicle (SUV), the VISION-S 02, which uses the same electric vehicle platform as the previously announced VISION-S 01 coupe that began testing on public roads in Europe from December 2020.

He said the company saw mobility as an “entertainment space” where passengers could choose individual entertainment options and use a 5G internet connection.

Wall Street is betting heavily on electric cars, and the global auto industry has been upended by Tesla, now the world’s most valuable automaker. Many investors expect Apple to launch its vehicle within the next few years.

Japan’s Toyota Motor in December committed $70 billion to electrify its automobiles by 2030.

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