Ah, analog, where have you gone?

Those analog gauges of the all-electric Audi R8 e-tron that we saw earlier this year in a video of a run around Nürburgring's track are being replaced by an all-digital set-up similar to that of the Tesla Model S, Plug In Cars reports.

As can be seen in a two-minute video below, the R8 e-tron, which is being shown off at the Paris Motor Show, will have a digital "powermeter" that takes the place of the tachometer (as there are no engine speed measurements needed here). The car's all-digital center console screen controls things like the radio and climate-control system. There's even a screen where the rear-view mirror usually is.

Audi is planning to start selling the car, which will have a single-charge range of about 135 miles, later this year. In June, the car set a world speed record for a series production car at Nürburgring, completing a lap in eight minutes and 9.099 seconds.

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      I suppose just slapping in an iPad saves on development costs. Instead of having to design hardware, they just have to write a car specific app. (To me it's kinda like how digital oscilloscopes have gone to just being windows machines in a box with some custom hardware and software). But they should make it looks better integrated. Also, it can't handle any critical functions since it could hang.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Touchscreen behind the wheel???
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      I think this is cool, especially if manufacturers would give us the ability to customize the dash like the torque OBD2 app for android.
      Ugo Sugo
      • 2 Years Ago
      As motor journalist are notoriously conservative (i.e. dinosaurs!), I can already see them complaining that the digital screen does not give them the same feeling as the analog instrument, which does not fit with being a true sport car and blah, blah, .....
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a shame. The touch screen in the Tesla is one of the dumbest things I've seen in a car in years.
        Joshua Santos
        • 2 Years Ago
        You better get used to it, eventually all cars will have something similar to this. People complained when smartphones started having soft keyboards (heck, I complained), only RIM really held out with hardware keyboards... look where the market is today. Every single best selling cell phone over the last couple years has had a soft keyboard. The same thing is going to happen to most things that have buttons today including car dashboards.
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