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Sony to refine connected-car sensors via road tests

Laggard in market hopes to glean data with concept car

A prototype of the Vision-S electric car. Sony intends to gather data by driving the vehicle on public roads. (Photo by Kosuke Shimizu)

TOKYO -- Sony showed off its automated electric concept car in Japan for the first time Monday, ahead of the planned start of testing by fiscal year-end on public roads at home as well as in the U.S. and Europe.

The silver Vision-S four-door, unveiled this January at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, slowly traveled on a circular driveway at company headquarters here. Large screens on the dashboard show maps and entertainment content menus, much like a large version of a smartphone.

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