Crosley Corporation was the first company to mix cars with electronics in 1939, and a cream 1939 Crosley 1-A is featured this week at the Consumer Electronics Show's Crosley exhibit in Detroit. Check our CCOC New Photos for a look at it.
Cars only used to be seen there in the audio section where companies such as Pioneer and Sony displayed aftermarket audio systems. Now, auto companies install electronics right into their new cars and create their own displays at the CES.
Despite the CES going on at the same time as the Detroit Auto Show, plenty of people who managed to split their time between the two shows.
The 1939 Crosley 1-A was at the Crosley radio booth. The revived Crosley is very proud of both its automotive and electronics history as it is now once again the leader in retro home electronics (though it has not yet announced a return to building cars.)
Other car companies at the CES featuring electronics included Audi's sneak peek of the dashboard in the upcoming 2013 Audi A3.
Mercedes-Benz showed off its idea of a future dashboard in the F125 concept car and the new SL.
Ferrari was there, tied into official Ferrari-branded headphones and other audio accessories.
Chrysler displayed its cars while promoting Uconnect, its telematics/infotainment system.
Many other cars were on display throughout the 1.86 million square feet of displays at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show. It was obviously far less than the number of new TVs, tablets, cameras or sound systems on display but, cars were far more popular there than refrigerators or washing machines (even Crosley Shelvadors), which was encouraging.