Car manufacturers starting to compete
Here's where the CarPC arena is going... manufacturers are coming out with competition to what the folks here have been doing for a long time, in response to market pressure:
Edmunds: Automakers Grapple with New-Age Dilemma: Software or Hardware?
The article is a few months old but is a good overview.
Honestly, I don't see how they can be as quick at innovation as either this community can, or the Smartphone market - the pace of development there borders on the insane. Unfortunately for the OEMs, the life of a car is a lot longer than a PC or a smart phone. Most purchasers (ordinary consumers, not enthusiasts) of a device have a tendency to keep it unchanged once they buy it.
There is also the safety factor. I've got another few links to be posted on the coming struggle between what we think we should be allowed to do and what the authorities consider safe.