Mobile Electronics Roundtable
LI: I'm very concerned about safety and some of the current commercials that are being run on TV. Mercedes Benz has a commercial where the driver is spinning around in the street, and there seem to be several commercials promoting street racing, and since I'm older than most here, I remember in 1971, '72, and '73, when Congress was putting a huge amount of pressure on Ford and it dropped its racing program and started concentrating on the 1976 Country Squire LTD stationwagons. I'm concerned about our industry, because if we start dealing with legislating safety into our cars, our industry will be greatly affected. The number two thing, talking about the digital data stream into the vehicle, for me is an absolute necessity.
CC: What are the trends in rear-seat entertainment, taking into account the OEM placement of this product?
JM: The tend is toward toward larger screens. I would guess that the most popular size now is a 10-inch screen. There are already 12s and 15s being sold in reasonable volume. Certainly, a massive shift toward DVD. I would say that 99.5 percent of all the installed sales are DVD players in all kinds of formats. Installed VCR players have really dropped off a cliff in the last six months.