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Sony will manufacture autonomous driving sensors requiring 70% less energy

Sony’s energy-saving sensor is expected to be used in electric vehicles to be built by Sony-Honda JV.

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Jul 20, 2022, 12:58 PM

Sony’s ambition for electric vehicles and self-driving technology is well known. (AFP)

Tech giant Sony Group is reportedly working on a new standalone sensor that would use 70% less electricity than conventional sensors currently available on the market. This autonomous sensor is expected to help future autonomous electric vehicles curb the technology’s voracious appetite for power and expand the range of electric vehicles, reports Asia Nikkei. The technology development company said it will combine its significant energy-saving autonomous driving sensor with the software to be developed by Japan’s largest Tier IV autonomous driving systems company.

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Sony also claimed to have integrated image recognition and radar technologies into its new power-saving sensor in an effort to reduce the impact of extreme weather conditions on electric vehicles.

Although a major player in consumer technology, Sony’s ambition for automobiles, particularly electric vehicles and self-driving and connected car technologies, is well known. The latest stand-alone sensor promising 70% lower power consumption is one of them.

Sony recently teamed up with Honda Motor Company to form a joint venture named Sony Honda Mobility Inc, which would focus on developing and selling high-value electric vehicles. The new sensor could make its way into vehicles built by this JV.

Electric vehicles are heavily dependent on software, unlike conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. Naturally, the software and sensors of electric vehicles consume a large volume of energy, which impacts the overall range of the vehicle. In the case of a sensor that consumes substantially less power and performs the same function, the overall range of the EV will be improved significantly.

Date of first publication: July 20, 2022, 12:58 PM IST