Flashback Friday: The First Car Equipped With a Touchscreen in 1989

By emarketing | Posted in Flashback Friday on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Touch Screens in cars Since the 1980s

Touch Screens in cars Since the 1980s

In today’s current auto market a big selling point is technology features. Automakers try to pack as much new technology into the cars that they produce as possible. One of the most popular new features that has arisen in the past few years is touch-screen technology in cars. Almost all major automakers have been implementing this technology over the past few years and make it available in almost all the models that they produce. This format works well with the infotainment systems that a lot of the new cars come with today that provide things like: Hands-free phone calls, navigation and entertainment. However, even though this technology has only recently become popular in cars it is not anything new. Surprisingly, we’ve had touch screens in cars since the 1980s.

In 1989 General Motors produced an Oldsmobile model called the Toronado that was literally decades ahead of its time. It equipped the vehicle with a touch screen and called the technology the Visual Information Center or VIC.

The Visual Information Center touch screen actually provided drivers with a lot of the same technology that we get in the modern infotainment systems that are equipped in vehicles today. It provided the driver with access to things like radio controls, engine management information and diagnostic data.

The Visual Information Center even had a navigation function. However, it only provided a compass because this technology was released long before GPS became available to the public.

The Visual Information Center was available to customers as a $1,300 option and laid the foundation for all of the great infotainment center touch screen technology that we enjoy in our new cars today.

This technology was cool for its day, but stop down and see us at Dave Syverson Auto Center Albert Lea MN if you would like to learn about the truly modern and innovative technology found in the new vehicles that are on the market today.

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