Why a Huge Touchscreen Makes Your Car Safer

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Today's modern automobile has more processing power than the gadgets in your living room, and that makes NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) happy. The chip maker says automotive is a small but growing part of its business. There are two NVIDIA processors in each Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) Model S, for example -- one to power the giant, 17-inch touchscreen.

Some people may raise an eyebrow at such a large display in a car, but as NVIDIA's Danny Shapiro explains in the video below, it actually makes driving much safer.

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  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2013, at 6:52 PM, n8larson wrote:

    I'm a Tesla shareholder, but this sounds like a bit of a reach to me. As someone who deals with road safety from time to time at work, I'm generally skeptical of ANYthing that requires the eyes and/or attention to be diverted when the car is in motion. If Mr. Shapiro is intending to indicate that a huge screen is LESS UNSAFE than a small touchscreen, I contend that while I understand the logic (responsiveness reduces the need to press buttons twice), having so many more functions available and having a single action require multiple inputs [e.g., "audio controls" and then "volume up" rather than just a single button-press on a conventional console] combine to make the driving overall less safe than in a traditional car, not more safe. Putting a few thumb-button controls on the steering wheel was a step forward in keep drivers' attention on the road, and I think Tesla's control console looks like a step back.

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