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CNET Update: Self-driving cars coming to CES 2013

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CNET Update: Self-driving cars coming to CES 2013

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Next week's Consumer Electronics Show will unveil driverless cars, 4K TVs and connected gadgets galore. CNET Update breaks down what to expect from the annual tech spectacle.

-Place your bets on the next tech trends. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. The Consumer Electronics Show is almost here, but before we pack away the gear and head to Las Vegas for the monster of all tech shows, we have some early reports coming out on what will be there. Get ready to hear more about self-driving cars. Toyota and Audi will be showing off cars without drivers behind the wheel. That's according to the Wall Street Journal. There's a five-second preview video Toyota posted online showing the Lexus equipped with lots of sensors with the caption that Lexus is leading the industry into a new automated era. And Audi plans to demonstrate a car that can locate a parking spot and self-park without a human behind the wheel. Google has been testing its own self-driving car since 2009. And if you do decide to drive in your high-tech car in the future, perhaps, it'll look like this concept called the e-Bee by Visteon. It could recognize you when you get in and adjust the seat and mirrors to your preferences. Also, you'll get a calendar on a screen. It will program your destination based on your next appointment. Screens replace all the instrument clusters even the rearview mirror. It also has no engine, running entirely on electricity. We'll also get a closer look at this at CES. When it comes to computers, touchscreens will be the norm. Every model will have a touchscreen option and that's even the midrange laptops. You can also count on laptops that twist, flip, fold, attach at the joints, and we could see all-in-one desktops that are battery powered so you can take the screen anywhere. Televisions are always big at the show, and this year, I do mean big. To show off the ultra high definition technology of 4K, we'll see TVs that are 80 inches and larger and there will be more talk of TVs with OLED screens. Just don't plan on being able to afford them anytime soon. Apps will also be everywhere and on everything. Expect every gadget to come with some apps to help you monitor your habits and make it easier to interact with appliances. And it will be hard to scratch and break your gadgets with a stronger version of Gorilla Glass. The glass maker will debut Gorilla Glass 3 said to be less brittle and less prone to scratches. There's so much more in store when CES finally begins. CNET will be streaming live all week from our stage. Tune in to CNET.com starting Monday. We'll have live stage shows with celebrities, product demos, panels, interviews with top execs, and the big press conferences. I'll be bringing you CNET Update as well as a show called CES in Depth starting Tuesday at 12:30 Pacific Time. You can find a full schedule of events as well as more details on all of today's stories at CES. CNET.com. I'm Bridget Carey. Catch you next time in Las Vegas.
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