New years don't always mean new beginnings. Sometimes, they simply serve as milestones.
And, if there ever was a year for milestones, 2017 is probably that year. There were a number of big stories that unfolded last year, really big stories. The kind that break and break again, always making news. And they are stories that are sure to keep us busy in the year ahead.
Here is a short list of some issues we expect to be making headlines this year.
1. AUTO INDUSTRY: Who will win in the great autonomous vehicle development race?
The next frontier may just be the roads we drive every day.
Technology is changing and shaping the world, redefining the limits of engineering and pushing creativity further. Nowhere is that more evident than in the race to design the perfect autonomous vehicle.
The concept of the driverless car is reshaping the approach to cockpit design, as consumer demands change with the adaptive technology. In a December interview with Automotive News Europe, Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller explained this dichotomy as the need for increased connectivity and careful attention to safety. It's a unique balance that will take time—and partnerships—to perfect.