Sharp is improving its in-vehicle LCDs, now touting what it calls an industry-high 1500:1 contrast ratio in its latest screen destined for dashboards. The 8-inch widescreen 800x480 panel has triple the contrast of in-vehicle LCDs previously released by Sharp.
This is the next step toward the era where instrument displays in cars will resemble those of aircraft. It's high time, too. Imagine having a backup camera/rear-view monitor, GPS navigation, speedometer and other gauges, all displayed on configurable high-contrast video panels across the dashboard. Then spread a few across the seatbacks so those back seat drivers will stfu and enjoy total multimedia and carputing.
What took so long? These objects may be closer than they appear.