Virtual reality is one of the white whales of the technology industry. The Oculus Rift is the first headset to successfully immerse users in other worlds—be it a fantastical land or the surface of the moon.
Autonomous cars have many hurdles to clear before reaching consumers, but they’re coming. Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have pledged to bring self-driving cars to showrooms by 2020. This year, Nissan’s Infiniti Q50 luxury sedan debuted one of the biggest steps yet toward that goal: the first consumer steer-by-wire system.