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Ford GT Previews 'Dashboard of the Future'

January 20, 2017

Photo of GT instrument cluster in Sport mode courtesy of Ford.
Photo of GT instrument cluster in Sport mode courtesy of Ford.

Ford has developed a new digital instrument display for its 2017 GT supercar that provides ideas about how the automaker will approach instrument panels in future vehicles further down the lineup.

Ford's "dashboard of the future" offers a 10-inch instrument display with text and race-inspired graphics that reconfigures itself based on five driving modes to deliver driving information more efficiently and reduce distraction, according to Ford.

The technology will be shared with other Ford vehicles, Ford announced earlier this month.

Information is displayed differently in the five modes, which include Normal, Wet, Sport, Track, and V-Max. Normal displays information in a "purposeful, businesslike manner" by centering the speedometer and showing bold, gear selection on the right and fuel and temperature on the left. Wet uses a blue theme akin to the shine of wet asphalt. Sport adjust information to prioritize gear selection, while Track uses highly legible text and graphics. V-Max is tailored to pursuing maximum top speed.

"We spent an enormous amount of time getting this just right," said Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. "The result is simple, but achieving simple perfectly can be a challenge."

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