Sony surprised everyone with a futuristic prototype car at CES, and it’s another sign that tech companies are going to have a big say in what the car of the future looks like

In a surprise move earlier this week at the CES technology conference, Sony unveiled a prototype smart car called the Vision-S.

It’s a high-tech vehicle that comes loaded with sensors that can see the car’s surroundings, a massive infotainment system, and the ability to detect the driver’s alertness level — among other futuristic features.

Sony is far from being the first company to experiment with bringing such technologies into the car. But the announcement further underscores the ways in which technology giants are increasingly pushing their way into the automotive industry as they hope to cash in on what could potentially be the next major wave of computing.