Reader Darin Ellis sends along this news item from MSNBC about the future of car dashboards (hint: analog is out, glass screens are in). There is a great quote in the article from the visualization designer of Chrysler:
A lot of usability studies need to be done. Designing these is not a no-brainer.
In addition to this article, here are some other related items that have cross my blog reader. The embedded video is from a CrunchGear review of the new Ford Fusion (referenced in the MSNBC article). Check out the dual LCD displays surrounding the center analog speedometer.
The final item is the interior of the new electric sports car Tesla Model S. The center stack is replaced with a 17 inch touch screen.