Nissan not to Follow Tesla’s Path: Car Displays Remain Horizontal

The main arguments in favor of horizontal displays are design, safety and comfort.

Nissan decided not to install vertical displays in their cars that clutter the dashboard. As explained in the company, this decision was influenced by several factors. One of them is the inability of vertical screens to adapt to the features of the human eye.

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The human eye naturally looks from side to side when driving,

said senior manager of Nissan’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) engineering team Tomomichi Uekuri. Due to peripheral vision, people perceive more information if it’s laid out horizontally. The same happens when the driver looks at the horizontal display. In addition, when the display is horizontal, the information is located directly in front of the driver's eyes. The driver does not need to look away from the road to check the display mounted in the middle of the dashboard. This, in turn, has a positive impact on safety.

The manufacturer points to the last year's Ariya concept as an example. The dashboard of the electric car represents a horizontal, curved display made up of two screens. All important information is displayed in the area where the dashboard is usually located. The central part of it shows settings for multimedia, climate control, and other secondary systems. Widgets can be swiped from one screen to another. For example, the driver can place a map widget in front of the steering wheel to make it easier to track a route. It is also possible to adjust the amount of data displayed on each screen, hiding unnecessary information.

According to the designers, they were inspired by the sci-fi film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

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