“Let’s create a mobile phone that can move people around.” From this radical concept comes the New Concept Cart SC-1. Here, two project leaders discuss the nearly decade-long development process and how Sony’s DNA made it possible.
Sony Corporation announced their join development with Yamaha Motor Co.,Ltd., to design and develop SC-1 Sociable Cart. At first sight, it looks like another van vehicle, but actually, this one delivers a new mobility experience. The vehicle was developed solely for the purpose of providing a new mobility experience, and it will not be made available for sale.
The new model has increased passenger capacity (up from three to five), extended run time thanks to its replaceable batteries, a broader front and rear scope of view thanks to additional image sensors, an innovative vehicle design, a more comfortable ride thanks to optimization of the base vehicle, and other improvements.
Like its prototypes, the SC-1 features image sensors capable of vision beyond that of human capacity on all sides of the vehicle. Unlike conventional transport vehicles which are operated by humans, the SC-1 can sense the surrounding environment using images that are in-focus in all directions.
Moreover, the ultra-high sensitivity characteristics of the image sensors and the high-resolution display installed inside the vehicle allow the passengers to see their surroundings at night even without any headlights. Also, in addition to normal operation by the passengers, the SC-1 can also be operated remotely by someone viewing the images via the cloud.
- Total length: 3135ｍｍ
- Total width: 1306ｍｍ
- Total height: 1830ｍｍ
- Capacity: Five passengers
- Driving speed: 0 to 19 kph
- Drive system: DC motor
- Battery type: Lithium ion polymer battery
- Brake system: Hydraulic type four wheel disc brake and motor rotation brake
- Suspension: Front double wishbone type and rear link type
- Automatic driving method: Electromagnetic induction
- Inside the car: One 49″ 4K LCD monitor
- Outside the car: Four 55″ 4K LCD monitors
- Image sensors: Five 35 mm full-size Exmor® CMOS sensors (four directions around the vehicle and one in the vehicle).
- Two ISX019 1/3.8-type CMOS image sensor embedded cameras