Dashboards meet the 21st century

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.

5 thoughts on “Dashboards meet the 21st century”

  1. Great review. Its a riot that the Ford reviewer is driving at 75 mph while doing the demo. The system is a little scary – there is tons of information and new information presented in non-typical formats. Kudos to Ford for migrating information and controls in front of the driver (rather than deep in the center stack), BUT with all of that’s going on in this car, I can’t help but wonder if that benefit is a complete wash. Keeping eyes on the road while I traverse 4 menus of settings? Doubtful.

  2. I hadn’t noticed the 75 mph, good catch 🙂 If that speed was not intended, it’s a good warning of the dangers of inattention due to techno-creep in cars.

  3. Great review!

    In relation to techno-creep, the latest in Audi in-car controls make me want to steer clear of 2011 Audi A8 drivers: http://bit.ly/7FmeoB.

    They announced 3D accelerated Google Earth maps for in-car navigation and handwriting recognition. It’s sounds exciting but it gives me the chills to imagine a driver holding the wheel with one hand and crossing a T with the right one.

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