2010 Toyota Prius Features Clever 'Touch Tracer' Display

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The 2010 Toyota Prius gets 50mpg while bringing dead trees back to life. But maybe more our speed, the car also features a really nifty "Tracer Display" unlike anything we've seen in dashboards before.


It's a simple idea: You control car functions (like the stereo) with buttons on the wheel while the Tracer Display superimposes these buttons over your dashboard display. In other words, you can keep an eye on your speedometer instead of your wheel while searching for the one radio station not playing commercials.

And even though this display is a bit blurry in this shot, you can tell that the graphic overlay is really quite bright and sharp. Neat stuff...as if Prius owners needed another reason to be so smug. [KickingTires, Jalopnik]


I'm not sure I understand the purpose of this. Steering wheel mounted buttons are shaped and placed in such a way so you know by feel what button you're on. DO people look down to see what button their pressing?

Also, If this display is inside the car then you're refocusing your eyes off the road anyway to see the display. How is this different than just looking at the buttons?

I'm confuseled...