The following is an excerpt from Matt McFarland | December 21, 2016 | CNN.com |
If there's one thing all Americans can actually agree on, it's that the presidential election was the biggest story of the year.
But in the background, self-driving cars started to gain steam. Automakers, tech companies and startups are all racing to develop autonomous technology. Even governments -- generally behind the curve on technology -- are getting involved.
The money, brainpower and time poured into autonomy will likely spur huge changes in how we live. There's no consensus for when autonomous vehicles will go mainstream, but don't be surprised if they're the biggest story of the year before long.
2016 kicked off with GM (GM) spending $1 billion to acquire Cruise Automation, a startup developing self-driving technology. In August, Uber spent a reported $680 million on self-driving truck startup Otto, which was only eight months old.
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