— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on January 7, Wednesday.
CES is no longer just about tech companies.
Automakers are also getting in on the action as technology makes its way into almost every facet of everyday life.
First it was Audi's driverless car.
This time, CNBC's Phil Lebeau got behind Mercedes "revolutionary" set of wheels.
Mercedes calls it luxury in motion. The F015 -- unlike any car you've ever seen. Mercedes believes in future, your car is not simply a place to go from point A to B, but a chance for you to turn around and talk with others in the car in a way we haven't done in the past.
"What were you shooting for?"
"Our relationship with the automobile is really fundamentally changing."
This is an electric, autonomous drive car with 26-inch wheels and windows coated with a special pattern to add privacy.
"It feels open. That was the whole idea here?"
"Exactly. Another way to look at what luxury is. Luxury is space. Luxury is comfort."
It also has touch screen doors, so each person in the car can surf the web,email others or look at whats around their car, thanks to the cameras offering 360-degree views.
"In this case, you can imagine. I'm seeing what another person, another car up ahead, and I can talk to my friend saying hey, you got to see this. And he can actually see it."
And you can see what's around your F015 even when you're not with it.
[Vera Schmidt / User-interface designer, Mercedes-Benz] "So the app makes you be connected to your autonomous car all the time. So for example, when you park the car and you want to know where it is, you click the view in 360-degree, then you can always see where your car is parked, or when your car is driving to pick you up you can see where the car is driving."
"So, in essence, you can watch your car, at all times?"
"That's true, yes."
In the future, Mercedes is considering gesture controls and even more connectivity, some of it will likely come through a touch screen table that pops up between seats.
"It's a lounge that I'm taking with me as opposed to leaving behind."
[SOTS Mark Fields / CEO, Ford]
AS YOU LOOK AT THE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AROUND SENSORS, AROUND CAMERAS, THE SOFTWARE, I BELIEVE THERE WILL BE IN THE INDUSTRY A FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE. IN OUR CASE AT FORD, WE HAVE SEMI AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TODAY FOR PEOPLE WHO PURCHASE. IN THE FUTURE YOU WILL SEE A FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE.
THE TECHNOLOGY IN MOST CASES IN ANY INDUSTRY LEADS BEFORE LEGISLATION AND REGULATION. OUR PHILOSOPHY IS ALWAYS TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, ENGAGE WITH THE LAW MAKERS, ENGAGE WITH THE REGULATORS. AS WE LEARN TO HELP ALONG WITH THEM AND GIVE INPUT TO HELP SET REGULATIONS WHICH CUSTOMERS WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IN THE INDUSTRY.
OUR RANGE FOR THE INDUSTRY NEXT YEAR THAT INCLUDES HEAVIES IS 16.8 AND 17.5. WHEN YOU LOOK AT FUNDAMENTALS, YOU LOOK AT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. INCOME GROWTH. YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER SENTIMENT SURVEYS, INTEREST RATES RELATIVELY LOW. WE STILL THINK THE ECONOMIC SITUATION REALLY BODES WELL FOR CONTINUED MODERATE GROWTH, BUT GROWTH NONETHELESS.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OIL PRICES AND WHAT'S HAPPENED, THAT'S GOOD FOR THE CONSUMER. IT WILL PUT MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET HICH WILL HELP THE ECONOMY. I DON'T THINK IT WILL JUICE THE INDUSTRY ABOVE THE GROWTH WE ARE SEEING. IT MAY IMPACT THE TYPE OF VEHICLES CUSTOMERS ARE GOING TO WANT. BUT IN THAT REGARD, I THINK CUSTOMERS WILL STILL WANT TO GET GOOD FUEL ECONOMY IN ANY VEHICLE THEY BUY.