It's really only a matter of time before the concept of building a computer to put in your car is pointless. We can think of ourselves as pioneers though.. look at steve jobs and bill gates 20 years ago hacking things together in their garages.. That's basically what we are doing today.
Speaking of which, has anyone made a car pc using an altair?
It's the same way in the anime community.. it used to be that you would get never heard of video.. some nut job with an amiga and a genlock with a working knowledge of japanese and english to subtitle it and a fansub distrobution where you would get an 80th generation dupe you can hardly watch.
These days you get a nice DVD .. but the mystique is gone. I appreciate the advancements but at times you have to sit back and think about way back when.
case 2: Punk rock.. when I was younger I was in a punk band I had a few friends from around the state that were also in bands and we thought of ourselves as a community of people in an outcast genre... Now "punk" has become commercially viable and you can buy it at the mall. The romantic nature of the outcast rebel punk rock spirit has been replaced with $100 punk pants o match your $50 made to look used work shirt and $80 punk shoes when it used to be you bought some crap at the salvation army because it was cheap and you had no money.
mp3Car is different though i think. sure there will be car mp3 players.. dvd, gps the works.. but it will all cost money and it will be some mass produced lump of crap.
What we have is a beautiful artform. a melding of science, art, and function. You have a totally custom unit designed to fit your purpose in the way which you want.
You can look over at the guy next to you in his bimma that his mom bought him with the dash nav,dvd,mp3 unit and smile knowing that you built something better, you did it yourself with your own hand and hard work, and you have exactly what you want, how you want it.