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Sony's new electric vehicle has been driven by a PS5 controller at CES

Sanjana Mandavia

Jan 10, 2024

The latest Sony Afeela prototype appears to be a mock up of the roadgoing model, with an improved design which suggests that EV production is approaching. It is expected that the vehicle will be released in October 2026.

At its recent press conference at CES 2024, Sony announced a new project in partnership with Honda called AFEELA which has been under development for years. Spectacularly hitting the stage, the concept car was surprisingly controlled with a Sony PlayStation 5 controller.

As per Sony and Honda, "AFEELA empowers unmatched intelligence, encompassing abilities such as memory, communication, protection, and inspiration for individuals. The autonomous electric vehicle features a state-of-the-art ultra-widescreen dashboard and a futuristic digital interior." The technological components work in conjunction with Microsoft, utilizing Azure OpenAI as a "conversational personal agent." While still in the prototype stage, the vehicle incorporates augmented reality powered by Unreal Engine, and Polyphony Digital, known for Gran Turismo, integrates virtual and real-world experiences.

Sony and Honda jointly developed the concept, which is propelled by dual electric motors linked to an all-wheel-drive system. This signifies that power is distributed to all four wheels through the electric motors situated in both the front and rear axles. With each electric motor reaching a peak power output of 241bhp, the vehicle is expected to boast a combined output of 482bhp. The electric motors are powered by a 91kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Although Sony Honda Mobility has revealed the EV's 11 kW Level 2 charging capability and a 150 kW DC fast charger, detailed information about the Afeela sedan's drivetrain has not been disclosed.

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