Here's How Car LCD Screens Have Grown Through History


In-car LCD screens have come a long way since they were first introduced. They've changed quite a bit over the years. They have become more refined and can now be used to display a lot of information. We'll examine how car LCD screens have evolved.

The Old Classic DIN Head Units (From the 1980s into the 2000s)

DIN, or Dual In-Line Nodes, head units were the predecessors of today's modern touchscreen systems. These older car stereos typically had a basic LCD screen that would display either the time or radio station you were tuned into. There wasn't much in terms of interactivity - most of the time, you would have to use physical buttons to change the station or song you were listening to.

While they may seem primitive by today's standards, these older LCD screens were pretty cutting-edge at the time. They represented a major step up from the completely analog systems that came before them and laid the groundwork for the fully digital head unit systems we see in most cars today.

Buick Riviera 1986 - Introduced a 9" 'Graphic Control Center'

The first car to feature an LCD screen in its dash was the Buick Riviera in 1986. It had a then-massive nine-inch 'Graphic Control Center' that displayed all sorts of information about the car. It had flaws, though. Therefore, Buick dropped the feature in future models.

iDrive 8.8" Screen - BMW 7-series 2002-Model

The iDrive system was first introduced in 2002 on the BMW 7-series. It became one of the most controversial automotive systems ever. The system used a touchscreen and physical knob to control various car functions. It was complicated and not very intuitive. Despite the criticisms, BMW stuck with the iDrive system and continues to improve it. It's come a long way since 2002.

Tesla's First Screen in 2012

When Tesla first introduced their built-in touch screen in 2012, it was a game-changer. The 17" touch screen display was unlike anything else on the market. It controlled everything in the car, from the navigation system to the climate control. It was very intuitive, and it worked well. Tesla has continued to improve the system over the years, and it's now even better.

Tesla Model 3 (Tesla Outdid itself)

The Tesla Model S set the standard for in-car touch screens, and the Tesla Model 3 took things to the next level. The 15.4" touch screen display is more powerful than the early Model S, and it controls everything in the car. Tesla has been making improvements to the system, but it's still one of the best.

As cars become more and more complex, LCD screens will only become more common. They provide a wealth of information and control over the vehicle. It's important to understand how they work and how they've evolved.

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