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Swiveling seats and sound 'bubbles': What the inside of cars will soon be like

Andrew Poliak is the chief technology officer of Panasonic Automotive. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. Ever since cars first hit the road, the basic interior layout has remained the same, with everything built around the driver: a driver's seat, driver's steering wheel and driver-controlled power and brake mechanisms. But that's only until autonomous vehicle technology completely eliminates the need for a driver. Cars can now be designed for a new generation of driverless vehicle transportation.It's true that safety concerns about autonomous cars are an issue in the industry right now. But the presumption is that, thanks to an array of emerging and advanced technologies, an autonomous vehicle will eventually prove to ...