Kudos to Glare-Resistant Display Screens - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 BMW i3: Kudos to Glare-Resistant Display Screens

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on November 24, 2015

2014 BMW i3

It seems like an inevitability: gauges being replaced by display screens. With virtual instrument clusters becoming increasingly ubiquitous in EVs like our 2014 BMW i3 and various luxury cars, it's hard to imagine any car having traditional dials in 20 years.

The trouble is that these screens are often susceptible when the sun shines from behind you. If you already have a touchscreen in your car, you probably know what I'm talking about. Want to change the radio station or see where you are on the navigation system? Good luck.

Luckily, the gauge display in our i3 and indeed those in other BMWs are quite impervious to the photonic discharges of our local star. As you can see in the above photo, the instrument read-out is perfectly legible, and although the main display seems washed out, that's just my camera's position. It was actually perfectly readable from my view point (as long as you're driving with your chin on the steering wheel, you'll be able to read it).

So kudos to BMW for yet another futuristic element that the i3 nails.

James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor

 

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