An article at TechCrunch looks at some interesting parallels between the current automobile industry and the PC industry of the 1980s. IBM was dominant in 1985, employing four times as many people as its nearest competitor. But as soon as Windows was released, the platform became more important for most end users than the manufacturer.
What an odd claim... The article describes the 80s PC industry as one dominated by a single company, IBM, with over four times as many employees than the second largest PC company. So which automobile company has more than four times as many employees as the second largest? I can't find employment info, but in terms on unit sales, the top three are at 10 million, 9 million and 9 million. Hardly an industry dominated by a single player - it's the 12th ranked manufacturer that the top one is four times the size of (in terms of unit sales, again.) So whatever state the car industry is in, and whatever happens in the future due to in-car entertainment systems, I don't see how it at all resembles the 80s PC industry.