The development of self-driving cars is a case study in industry innovation and disruption that has implications well beyond the automobile. This white paper, the first in a two-part series titled The Self-Driving Network, introduces Juniper’s vision for the future of autonomous networking. By tracing the history of innovation in the automobile industry— specifically, and more recently, the self-driving car—it is possible to envision how the Self-Driving Network™ will evolve. It is important that we not only think about our technology roadmap, but also consider the economic forces pressuring our industry and the larger human ramifications that autonomous networks may introduce. The second part of this white paper series articulates the benefits of the Self-Driving Network, the technology progression from automation to autonomy, and the organizational and skills transformation required.