Tesla’s Sony-Honda training gun, may use PS5 for upcoming self-driving electric car

Tesla has always intended to offer more than just electric cars. The American EV major aims to deliver the complete automotive experience. The feature-rich Tesla vehicle system is part of that strategy. Competing car companies are aware of this strategy and have been working on developing their own products that offer a unique experience. Sony and Honda have been working on an all-electric self-driving car project aimed at rivaling Tesla not just in performance but in functionality. Eurogamer reports that Sony and Honda are considering cramming the PS5 into their upcoming electric vehicles, which will focus on providing entertainment-based experiences for occupants. Whether it’s safe to put a PS5 in a car is another question, though.

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November 22, 2022 at 16:02 pm

Sony plans to use its cars as hardware for a wide range of entertainment, connectivity and networking products. (Reuters)

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The Financial Times quoted Izumi Kawanishi, president of the joint venture, as saying that integrating the PlayStation 5 into an upcoming self-driving electric car is technically feasible. This further solidified the rumors. However, Sony and Honda have not disclosed further details about the plan.

Sony isn’t just planning to integrate games into its cars like Tesla. Yasuhide Mizuno, chairman of Sony Honda Mobility and senior executive at Honda Motor Co., claimed that the tech major is planning to develop a car that will act as hardware for the entertainment and networking needs the company hopes to provide. Apparently, Sony and Honda’s electric car is intended to be a content consumption device on wheels.

Tesla launched its latest Model S and Model X cars in 2021 with larger landscape screens and added AMD RDNA 2 graphics. In a demo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it actually hits the PlayStation 5 level. It’s been over a year, but Musk’s promises about the availability of big games like Cyberpunk 2077 have yet to materialize. The most famous game released for both vehicles is the original 2D Sonic the Hedgehog. Meanwhile, Sony and Honda’s plans to bring the PlayStation 5 itself into their cars are eye-popping. That could push Tesla to step up and bring more interesting and up-to-date games to its in-vehicle infotainment system.

First published date: November 22, 2022 at 16:02 PM CST


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