Big infotainment systems have become a part & parcel of new cars. Earlier, a 7.0 to 8.0-inch infotainment system was considered big, but now even 10.0 to 12.0-inch systems have become common. So how big can car infotainment systems get? According to some prominent people of the industry, we have already reached the peak when it comes to big infotainment systems. In today’s article, let’s find out how this popular car feature will disappear soon and what technology will replace it.
In recent times, Volvo and its subsidiary Polestar have indicated that big infotainment screens could be on their way out. This comes after the BMW Design Head said similar things about the infotainment system. According to him, giant touchscreens have possibly peaked in their time. Last month, Tata revealed its Avinya concept, and one of the standout things from the reveal was the absence of any sort of infotainment system on the dashboard. According to Tata, their future cars will try to give a more minimalistic experience to the occupants.
So how will the feature disappear if only two or three manufacturers are showing displeasure? The thing to note is that most of the features we see on cars trickle down from luxury cars. So if Volvo and BMW create a new style of entertainment, other luxury manufacturers are also expected to follow suite eventually. And after some more years, we might see such entertainment features in mass-market cars as well.
Popular car features – The trend of big screens
Globally, the trend of big touchscreens was started by Tesla. In India, MG started the vertical orientation of infotainment systems. Initially, manufacturers were skeptical about this trend, but now most of them have started employing this trend. Some manufacturers have even integrated radio and AC controls in the infotainment system. So it remains to be seen what trajectory the new technology will take.
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