6. Digital Gauges
What’s old is new again… except when it isn’t. Along with other technological innovations like the calculator watch and Apple Macintosh computer, digital instrumentation was a big thing 30 years ago.
At the time, dreary green-on-black readouts were the mark of advanced engineering, though they’re laughably hideous by today’s standards. Still, modern vehicles are starting to go digital once again. Models like the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic as well as high-end luxury cars such as the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class feature digital instrumentation, though full-color LCD screens have taken the place of alarm-clock readouts.