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Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser image of its autonomous driving concept prior to its official debut at the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. Not much can be gathered from the solo image, but the egg-shaped car looks the part with its flushed silhouette and low roofline.

Spotted earlier this year, the concept is bound to look pretty futuristic and aggressive (at least to this writer) as compared to Google’s take on autonomous driving. The Mercedes offering features relatively short front and rear overhangs, presumably used to maximise interior space, since there’s no need for a driver.

Speaking of the interior, expect it to arrive with an equally wacky setup – full-length touchscreens and swivelling seats wouldn’t look out of place, for sure. The concept will be presented by Daimler CEO, Dr Dieter Zetsche, as the firm prepares to employ autonomous technology on a larger scale in the near future.

The company has of course been working on autonomous driving in a big way – the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive made history in 2013 by driving nearly 100 km autonomously from Mannheim to Pforzheim. Making its way through a range of urban and intercity roads, the car retraced the route Bertha Benz, wife of Karl Benz, took on the world’s first long-distance drive over 125 years ago on the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.