CNET has a video from a car PC manufacture at the Maker Faire that has the first system that I have seen that seems to be going down the right path. In order for this technology to be successful, it has to have the following things:
- It needs to be useful features that people really want (i.e.: navigation, internet access, playing music and video, etc.).
- It needs to be affordable, otherwise no one will install one of these devices in their car because they can't justify the cost of it.
- It needs to be easy to use, otherwise if its too complex it will miss a major market segment that doesn't want overly complex technologies in their vehicles.
- It needs to be upgradeable and expandable, nobody wants to buy proprietary equipment or something that they can't enhance later.
- Its needs to have a flexible design to retrofit into cars that weren't designed to have a system like this.