Mobile Electronics Roundtable
JM: I think what Steve has said will happen — more of these black boxes that interface with video and audio will evolve. [The same goes] with data bus interface modules that will allow an installer to go through a simple plug into a vehicle data bus, and do it in a very safe manner, instead of tapping into doors and trunk and dome lights. I certainly believe that's going to happen.
PL: The products as we know them today will need to evolve. If you look at some of the things CEA has started, trying to develop a standard data bus that the industry can use, the aftermarket, being as innovative as it has been in the past, will find ways to interface all of the products that we're talking about — audio, video, security — with the new cars as they come out. Look at [General Motors]; right now almost every [OEM] radio coming out is XM-ready. It certainly would be easier if there was a standard interface that the aftermarket and the OEMs agreed upon to allow us to add an XM receiver or a Sirius receiver, but one way or the other, the aftermarket will adapt.
CC: What will be the impact of the change-over from standard copper wire to a fiber-optic network?