Large Displays in Automobiles ➝

Chris Ziegler, writing for The Verge:

Basically, the right move is for everyone to move to digital, multifunction clusters in addition to whatever else they may have in mind. In Tesla’s case, perhaps it’s a big touchscreen on a floating mount, but for something like the Toyota Prius, it could be a powertrain efficiency monitor up by the windshield. Whatever. I just need my map in front of me.

I absolutely disagree with Chris Ziegler, I hate large displays in cars. I have a 2009 Toyota Camry with a very simple instrument cluster and entertainment system — CD, AM/FM radio, an auxiliary-in jack, and a monochrome display. I specifically avoided purchasing a car with a more extravagant setup because I find their displays to be dangerously distracting. I dread the very idea of car shopping because of it. Luckily, I plan on driving this car into the ground. But when I finally start looking for a new one — when presumably most cars on the market will have these displays — I have no idea what I’m going to do.