With Digital Dashboards now all the rage again after their brief appearance on a few cars in the eighties and nineties. We ask why Digital Dashboards might actually last this time round.
Well let’s start with some history the first Digital dashboard was on an Aston Martin Lagonda which was renowned for its state of the art instrumentation. This launched a number of different manufacturers toying with the idea on concept and full production cars. Cars like the Toyota Celica, Vauxhall Astra GTE, and a few Citroen's and Renault's, however early Digital Dashboards were full of issues notably
They were hard to see in the strong sunlight or other bright light
They took away the sense of continuous acceleration that is provided by an analogue speedometer.
Most car makers decided that it was better to just go with trusty analogue dials by the end of the 90s and digital dashes were slowly put to bed for a few years while the technology grew up.
Some are arguing that the latest version of the Ford Mustang has the best Digital Dash in Modern times. Designed by Video game designers you get a clear and bright screen, that is easy to use and doesn’t sacrifice function for style. There are a massive 900 colour combinations you can choose from and can even individually change each gauge to what you want and eight different gauges available for insertion into the cluster's layout. There are even 10 animations hidden within all of the cluster's special menus.
Other notable examples are the Ferrari GTC system and Maclaren’s take on the digital Dash.
The Jury is still out on the new style of Digital Dash’s and repairs will likely to be expensive but for cars that are going to be an integral part of connecting you to the world the reality is they are here to stay. Might just be worth leasing a car with one at the moment so that you are covered by warranty.