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Capabilities Up, Prices Down

As the bus systems in vehicles become more sophisticated during the next five to 10 years, look for the distribution of video across them.

As the bus systems in vehicles become more sophisticated during the next five to 10 years, look for the distribution of video across them. So says Mike Antrim, executive director, Audio/Video and Communications, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America (Northville, MI; www.meaa-mea.com ), a supplier of products ranging from starters and alternators to electric power steering motors—to say nothing of in-vehicle entertainment products: on the order of 2.5-million car radios per year. Speaking of radios, Antrim suggests that while there is increased attention to satellite radio, he thinks that high-definition radio may begin to pick up traction in vehicles—and that music may return to the AM band. As regards DVD entertainment systems, he thinks that as time goes on they’ll become more affordable, especially as the prices of the screen (the most expensive component) and the mechanisms fall, which should occur, in part, by the proliferation of the DVD systems and navigation systems (for which the screen is also the most expensive element).—GSV