07/01/2014 04:46 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Audi Unveils Self-Driving Concept Car 'A7 Autonomous'

Audi has unveiled a stunning new vision of the self-driving car.

Its new A7 Autonomous concept combines an intelligent 'auto-pilot' system with Audi's customary design and luxury details.

The car was unveiled at the CES 2014 tech show in Las Vegas.

Above: the concept A7 Autonomous

Audi is one among many companies trying to 'crack' the self-driving car, including other car manufacturers and search-engine giant Google.

The car uses lasers and radar to look ahead of itself and 'see' the road, as well as cameras mounted on the windshield to check the blind spots.

The car is designed to give drivers time to take a break on long drives, not as a direct replacement for all driving. Using the system the car will stay in lane at less than 40 mph, a set distance from the car in front.

The car was also able to drive onto the stage in Las Vegas on its own, Audi said.

Indeed, this is no glorified cruise control. The A7 is able to break for cars cutting in lane, and Audi says while the tech is still under development it could make it into production models sooner than you think. This time last year Audi barely had the components to start working on a live test car.