Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.

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Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.
Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.

This joint venture between the Japanese holding company Sony and the Japanese motor vehicle manufacturer Honda was first announced on June 2022. They both aims to build powerful electric cars to give a boost to the automotive industry.

Both Sony and Hona Automobile Manufacturers Association signed an agreement in March for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop and market premium electric automobiles.

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The joint venture company’s executives, chairman and CEO Masayuki Mizuno (from Honda) and Izumi Kawanishi (from Sony), announced the formal establishment of the joint entity.

SHM claims that it’s currently planning to issue a full list of pre-orders for its very first product of SHM in the United States by the beginning of 2025. It further reinforces that the project will begin the first batch of pre-orders in the Japanese market in the second half of 2026, while its first model of SHM will be manufactured at the Honda automobile plant.

Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.
Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.

In early April, Honda announced plans to globally launch roughly 30 electric vehicles by 2030. The company announced that it intended to invest around $33.9 billion in electrification hardware and software.

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Although Level 3 autonomous driving features will be part of a JV’s high-end EV, it will also come with Level 2 driver assistance features, among other Level 2 features. In addition, it will offer a revamped human-machine interface with a cloud service for connectivity.

Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.
Sony and Honda have partnered to develop electric cars.

The electric cars Level 3 autonomous driving functions will be integrated into a JV’s high-end EV. It will also come with Level 2 driver-assistance features, among other Level 2 functions. In addition, a human-machine interface will be gradually revamped with a cloud service. The exact launch date is unknown at the moment, but Sony has spoken about a launch window of Spring of 2022.

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