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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.

Press Release [Sharp Corporation, via BornRich]

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