Mobile Electronics Roundtable
CC: Would connectivity between aftermarket brands or products positively or negatively impact the connectivity to the automobile network?
SW: That's the $64,000 question. As an aftermarket industry, do we collectively feel there is an opportunity for us to work together? I think the first response to that is: You are challenging the traditionally competitive strategies that most of us have. We have not pursued business development or an industry direction based on an open architecture. You're talking about significant structural change to our industry, and I think that's going to be a big challenge. However, I will go on record and say that for the long-term health of our industry, we need to get over that. We need to move forward. We need to have an understanding as individual com-panies and collectively as an industry for how we can build our businesses through an evolution so that we can address this, because car manufacturers are going to continue to be aggressive in developing integrated cosmetics, and adding functionality and capabilities with digital bus systems. On the other hand, that's an area where, as an industry, we have to stop and ask: What does the customer want in his/her vehicle, and how are we going to provide it?
CC: What legislative barriers and/or opportunities will affect mobile video sales?