The Evolution of Vehicle Dashboards and Digital Controls

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The dashboard of a vehicle has come a long way from the simple speedometer and fuel gauge of early automobiles. Today’s modern vehicles feature a plethora of instruments, sensors, and screens that provide drivers with more information than ever before. The evolution of vehicle instrument clusters and dashboards has been driven by advances in technology, changes in driver behavior, and the desire for greater convenience and safety.

Early days of vehicle applications

Early vehicles had very simple instrument clusters that consisted of little more than a speedometer, fuel gauge, and perhaps an oil pressure gauge. These clusters were usually mounted directly in front of the driver and were fairly easy to read at a glance. As vehicles became more sophisticated, instrument clusters grew in size and complexity, with additional gauges for engine temperature, battery voltage, and other vital

Through innovation, digital displays began to replace traditional gauges in vehicles. These displays could show more information in a smaller space and were much simpler to read at a glance. They also allowed for the inclusion of warning lights and other indicators that could alert drivers to potential problems.

With further technological advancements, we saw the rise of the infotainment system, which combined audio controls, climate controls, and navigation displays into a single unit. In the earlier days, these systems often featured small screens that were difficult to read while driving, and many drivers found them distracting. Despite these drawbacks, infotainment systems continued to grow in popularity, and have evolved to provide drivers with safe, reliable, and intuitive solutions. begging for further innovation to provide drivers with a safe, reliable, and intuitive solution.

Modern digital vehicle applications

Today’s instrument clusters are much more advanced. Most vehicles now feature fully digital instrument clusters that can display a wide variety of real-time information. Some displays even allow the driver to customize the layout and colour scheme to individual preference.

The introduction and development of the digital dashboard paved the way for the integration of infotainment systems into vehicle cockpits. These systems support larger screens and provide drivers with a wide range of features, including GPS navigation, music streaming, and hands-free calling. Typically controlled through a touchscreen display, they provide a more intuitive user experience than traditional manual controls. As well, more advanced infotainment systems provide some level of driver customization for a personalized driving experience.

The Valid Instrument Cluster

Valid’s state-of-the-art Instrument Cluster provides a wide range of benefits and features for vehicle owners. Inspired by luxury automobile displays, the Valid Instrument Cluster is a digital graphics-based alternative to traditional vehicle dashboards.

This innovative instrument cluster has been designed to provide drivers with all the information they need to operate their vehicle safely and efficiently, while also offering advanced customization and personalization options.

One of the many benefits of Valid’s Instrument Cluster is its advanced display technology. The Instrument Cluster features a high-resolution color display that provides clear, easy-to-read information about the vehicle’s speed, fuel level, engine RPM, and other vital systems. The display is also customizable, so drivers can choose to display relevant information in a layout configured to their preferences.

Valid’s Instrument Cluster also offers advanced features that help drivers stay safe on the road. These safety features include warning lights and alerts for a variety of potential hazards, such as low tire pressure, engine overheating, and low fuel level. Such alerts help drivers stay on top of potential issues before they become serious problems.

With advanced display technology, safety features, customization options, and analytics capabilities, Valid’s Instrument Cluster is a powerful tool for drivers to stay informed and in control while on the road.

Valid’s Infotainment System

Pointing to Valid digital dash infotainment system

Along with the Instrument Cluster, Valid also designs and manufactures vehicle Infotainment Systems. 

Valid’s Infotainment system is an innovative product that offers a range of benefits and features for vehicle owners. Their system has been designed to provide drivers with a cutting-edge entertainment and communication experience on the road, while also offering advanced safety and connectivity options.

A standout feature of Valid’s Infotainment system is the advanced entertainment capabilities. The system includes a high-resolution touchscreen display that provides easy access to a wide range of entertainment options, including music, videos, and podcasts. The display is also customizable, allowing drivers to choose the layout and color scheme that best suits their preferences.

The infotainment system’s connectivity options provide compatibility with a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and others. Bluetooth connectivity allows drivers to easily stream music and other desired content from their devices without having to take their eyes off the road.

Valid’s Infotainment system’s safety features include a range of safety sensors and monitoring tools to detect potential hazards and provide drivers with warning alerts. For example, the system can detect when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane or when a potential collision is imminent and can provide alerts to the driver.

With innovative features incorporated into Valid’s Instrument Cluster and Infotainment System, Valid offers drivers a vehicle experience that is safer, more entertaining, and more convenient than ever before. Be sure to check out Valid’s website for more information!


The automotive cockpit has come a long way already, and the future of vehicle dashboards and controls are likely to be even more advanced and sophisticated than we can imagine today. Valid will stay at the forefront of technological advancements, and its expansive team of engineers will keep pace with industry trends and continue to bring best-in-class vehicle applications to various vehicle industries.

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