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Why did Sony surprisingly flex an electric vehicle at CES?

Sony got everyone’s attention

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You’ve probably heard the news about Sony introducing a brand spanking new electric car during the last few minutes of its CES 2020 presentation. Called the Vision-S, it caught a lot of the audience off-guard and it was completely understandable. After all, why would a company that focuses on televisions and other consumer electronics suddenly bring up a prototype vehicle on stage?

Well, according to Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, this announcement embodies Sony’s contribution to the future of mobility.

The company envisions a future where vehicles will no longer be simply modes of transportation but also an entertainment pod for its passengers. And when it comes to entertainment, we know that Sony is committed to delivering quality products so they’re looking forward to offering the same enjoyable components with the Vision-S concept car.

Step inside and you’ll see what the company simply means. The interior is equipped with a display that spans the entirety of its dashboard. This acts as your control panel for making calls, accessing your media library, navigation, and many more. Sony says it’s also been fitted with 360-degree audio through headrest speakers, always-on connectivity, and even touch displays for the rear passengers.

Using their years of experience with camera optics, the Vision-S has 33 different sensors mounted both inside and outside of the sedan that aid in driving. Additionally, the car was said to be powered by a newly designed EV platform which other reports have suggested that automotive supplier Magna has put together.

As with other concept cars, the Vision-S is not meant to be mass-produced, at least now right now. This is just what Sony has in mind for the next generation of vehicles by using their expertise in these fields — call it their Vision, if you will.

Also, by announcing this electric car, the company had CES 2020 shaken. Good one, Sony.

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BMW reveals an awesome color-changing car

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Back in the day, cars on television could do so much more than their real-life counterparts. From the gadget-filled sports cars in James Bond to a reforming car with memory metal in CSI, the human imagination has created a lot of impressive cars that haven’t made it to mass production yet. Of course, with technology progressing far beyond what we previously imagined, cars that were formerly just figments of our imagination can now be realized. During CES 2022, we saw one of these cars come to life through BMW’s amazing color-changing car.

A concept version of a known BMW line, the BMW iX Flow uses E Ink technology to change how the car’s exterior looks. The car contains millions of microcapsules as thin as a strand of hair. Much like the E Ink you’ll find inside a Kindle, electricity causes the microcapsules to shift between black or white.

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Since E Ink is relatively limited, the BMW iX Flow can shift only between three colors: black, gray, and white. Drivers can change this with a press of a button.

Now, besides the general badass-ery of having a color-changing car, BMW claims that cycling through the different colors can also help interior temperature. Since white reflects more sunlight, using the color might help cool the vehicle more in sunny situations. Alternatively, using black can help heat the car for passengers.

Unfortunately, BMW can’t promise a timeline for such a vehicle. It’s still just an “advanced research and design” project, even if they already have an actual car with the technology (as shown in this TikTok video).

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch is getting a car crash detection feature

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FIRST LOOK: John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor

Control your tractor within the reach of your fingertips

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Remember when Michael Josh took a ride on a self-driving tractor? Well, it’s not a mere concept anymore.

Freshly unveiled this CES 2022, the John Deere 8R is an autonomous tractor that can be controlled through your phone. You’ll even get notified when there are obstacles in the field or just when your tractor’s tire pressure isn’t enough.

Watch our first look at John Deere’s Fully Autonomous Tractor to learn more.

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John Deere unveils a fully autonomous tractor

Controlled all on your phone

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The world’s population isn’t getting any smaller. According to estimates, the world might reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050. As such, the ongoing food shortages might get worse as the decades pass. The intersection between technology and food is now an essential pressure point for the world to address. John Deere, one of the proponents for this intersection, has revealed a fully autonomous tractor to help farmers all over the world.

The new machine, which was revealed during the company’s CES 2022 presentation, combines Deere’s 8R tractor with a set of smart technologies to supplement the company’s power in the field. The new features include a TruSet-enabled chisel plow and a GPS guiding system, among others.

The new tractor will have six pairs of stereo cameras. With the cameras, the vehicle can detect obstacles with a 360-degree field of view. A deep neural network analyzes images and detects whether the vehicle will run into problematic obstacles and can adjust accordingly. The tractor can also operate according to a manually set geofence.

The tractor is easily configurable using Deere’s John Deere Operations Center Mobile app. Farmers can just drop the tractor onto their fields and configure the tractor with simple swipes. They can then leave the field to focus on other tasks while the tractor works. With the app, farmers can change settings, access the tractor’s cameras, and check the vehicle’s status.

SEE ALSO: I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

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