There is one area of Star Wars Episode 7 that is clearly headed in the right direction. They have built a full sized Millennium Falcon.
It is clear that falcon is needed. It is a truly iconic ship. Lucas screwed up in the prequels by not creating a new ship that stood out. Now it would be next to impossible to create a ship as cool as the Millennium Falcon, which as just too perfect and filled with personalty. But ti felt as if Lucas didn't even try.
The Millennium Falcon itself is a strong character, stronger than many characters in the prequels. The fact that the ship is a character and the usefulness of ships as characters is something I hope is something that Adrams understands.
It is a good sign that this was a priority for Abrams.