LCD screens play multiple roles in today's commute or road trip. Touchscreen LCDs are used for navigational systems as well as in-car entertainment, making it seem as if complete integration is the next logical step. However, with safety concerns for visibility and driver attention spans, the LCD becoming a standard selling point on all new cars may be some time away.
When done correctly, LCD screens can and do benefits drivers. With so much bad publicity on LCD integration, it may be time to look at the positives of having an LCD in the car.
Safety for Drivers and Passengers
Large displays, touchscreen menus, and wireless connectivity provide better options for drivers and passengers that have long commutes or that have to drive through bad areas to get to their destinations. These options can include less stops for directions, correct information on gas stations, police stations, and hospitals.
When dealing with a moving car, other traffic, and driving conditions, the size of the screen can make a big difference. LCD touchscreens are available in 7 inch to 10 inch sizes that provide larger icons, larger maps, and brighter screens than smaller previous versions. These larger screens come with the option of control through gesture and voice command, allowing a driver to keep his or her eyes where they should be- on the road. A larger storage capacity can also provide on-board maps should anything happen to the wireless connection.
Other benefits include the ability to connect to a smart phone for safer calls while driving. This allows drivers to focus on one screen instead of two.
While operating a moving vehicle that may be going as fast as 70 mph, a driver should have both hands on the wheel and all of his or her focus on the road...but everyone needs music. So, how does a larger LCD screen provide a safer, more enjoyable ride? With well-lit and well placed icons for radio, favorite stations, and other driver-friendly functions that can reduce the amount of time a driver is looking at his or her dash.
Whether the LCD was installed during factory manufacture, its stay at the dealership, or when you drove the car to the after-market installers, the LCD screen should have some kind of warranty. This can save money on parts and labor should anything go wrong. This is important because a malfunctioning screen will not provide a safe, enjoyable trip.
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