Throughout the C3 (Connected Car Conference) at CE Week Tuesday, a variety of themes emerged: The space is more crowded than ever before, with more innovation, more technology and more participants. Technology in the space has improved immensely in the last five years. Tech giants like Apple and Google continue their foray into the space, including new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for two new General Motors brands announced at the conference. And safety is a paramount consideration when it comes to any type of in-car technology.
At the same time, challenges remain, many of them related to the two very different technologies and product cycles of mobile devices and cars.
Across three panels throughout the afternoon, a variety of industry figures hashed out these issues. If there was any overarching attitude, it was probably guarded optimism.