Sony announced it’s collaborating with Qualcomm on its new self-driving car developed with Honda. The companies presented a first prototype of the car at CES in Las Vegas with the brand name Aleefa and said they expect to deliver the first vehicles on the North America market in early 2026.
Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Digital Chassis chips are used to drive computing in the car. These support key features such as the advanced driver assistance system for autonomous operations, the human-machine interface for in-vehicle infotainment and telematics. The built-in 5G connectivity will provide over-the-air updates for all the software-defined car systems.
Sony Honda Mobility, the joint venture set up to develop the car, said it is building a “strategic technology partnership” with Qualcomm to realise the new mobility experience. Its prototype car is equipped with a total of 45 cameras and sensors inside and outside the vehicle, together with 800 TOPS of maximum computing power for the engine control unit. The aim is to deliver Level 3 automated driving under limited conditions and Level 2+ driver assistance in more situations such as urban driving.
SHM also announced a partnership with Epic Games to develop new entertainment features for the car. This is expected to focus on virtual reality experiences in the metaverse. SHM is also working on augmented reality with the cars sensors to support more intuitive navigation.
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