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'Driving' CES into the future

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A laser device gives the autonomous vehicle a birds-eye view of the road A laser device gives the autonomous vehicle a birds-eye view of the road
The CellControl disables wireless devices when a vehicle is in motion The CellControl disables wireless devices when a vehicle is in motion
Gov. Brian Sandoval looks at a 3D television during his tour of CES 2013 Gov. Brian Sandoval looks at a 3D television during his tour of CES 2013
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The image of an autonomous vehicle is something we may see on Las Vegas valley roads one day, but not for a while. Still, the technology is available and on full display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

"We believe that the technology that we're going to put in our cars is more about an attentive, ever vigilant virtual copilot," said Jim Pisz, corporate manager for Toyota, which manufactures the Lexus Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle.

The car is like something out of a sci-fi movie, except this is very real, with the technology to back it up - and move it forward.

"A laser beam spins 10 times a second, and it forms a birds-eye view of what the car sees around it," Pisz explained.

But, don't expect to see the car on the market any time soon - it's just a prototype. For now, drivers will just have to pay attention.

How about something to lock your teen's cell phone when the car is moving? That's what CellControl did with an $89 plug-in device.

"It just pops up a blocking screen on the phone when your car is in motion - that's going to prevent you from getting to that texting app - that email app," said CellControl's Chad Kennedy.

Cars are big at the International CES 2013 - even Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval checked one out during his two-hour tour of the show Thursday.

"One of the things that's heartening for me is that all of the attendees have said how well they've been treated in Las Vegas - how their experience has been," said Sandoval after his tour.

Sandoval added that this trip is about economic development. He spoke to executives at a dinner Wednesday night, planting the seed for companies to add an office or relocate to the Silver State.

"We want to let them know that Las Vegas is a perfect place for them to innovate and start their business," the governor said.

The Consumer Electronics Show ends on Friday. Convention officials estimate more than 150,000 people came to Las Vegas for the annual trade show.

Sandoval told FOX5 that next year he'd like to have a booth for the state of Nevada , with the intention of convincing the company officials who attend the show to stay in the state, rather than come once a year.

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