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How digital dashboards could change driving

We’ve all heard about smart home solutions: kettles you can turn on as you approach home, heating tailored to different rooms in the house and light bulbs that respond to your voice. There’s just one problem – they’re often disjointed, so you need to control them all individually. The same applies to car tech. Re-imagining the dashboard as a connected control centre could be the solution, and several companies are already on to it. 

Custom cockpit

A case in point is Samsung and Harman’s Digital Cockpit concept, which debuted at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show. The idea behind it is that instead of the dashboard screen being fixed, you can set your controls to your needs. They’ve made a dash you can tailor to your driving style, using a cluster of OLED and QLED screens and configurable knobs. And yes, you can actually change what each one does.

Complete compatibility

This isn’t just about personal preference, like seat positioning and temperature, though. It’s about making sure you can plug in new tech products when they’re available. These digital dashboards will connect to your digital assistant – like the Google Assistant or Alexa – and your phone’s operating system.

Connected cars that can access the internet are already on the road. Many focus on how it pushes forward driverless tech. But other innovators are using it to help drivers develop their own bespoke control hub. This lets you sync up your satnav, digital assistant and insurance app more easily and seamlessly than ever.

Like integrated tech that puts you in the driving seat? The O2 Drive app uses GPS to analyse your driving and offer tips on how you could improve. And with guest access you don’t even need to be an O2 Drive customer. Download the app for Android or iOS.