Someday soon, when I'm riding in an autonomous electric flying car, heading to a restaurant that my vehicle decided I would like after it decided I was hungry, I'll look back to the current automotive era and think, "Wow, that was so last decade!"
You know? People driving cars … on roads? Burning gasoline? Crashing into things? Being distracted from their text messaging?
And the industry? Companies that built cars? Cars that people owned? A global herd of brands, jostling to differentiate themselves?
No way, right?
I'm only sort of joking. It certainly appears that we're on the cusp of dramatic, epoch-ending change.
So — burying the lede here — as I retire after 19 years at Automotive News, it makes me consider the times I've gone through covering the auto industry.