The “DayTime” show had a segment on CES with Paul Hochman, Tech Journalist (it said so in the onscreen text). Asked what was different this year, Hochman said that electronics in cars was big this year, and that cars were basically non-existent at CES going back five or six years.
I’ve been intermittently attending CES since 2000, and I’ve always had the experience that the North Hall is mostly given over to automotive electronics. A friend of a friend works at Alpine, and the one time I can count on seeing him is when I manage to get to CES.
The 2011 CES featured lots of car PCs on display. This is not a new kind of consumer electronics, just the development of trends that have been going on for years now.