Video: Watch the world’s first touchscreen in a car in action in a 1987 Buick Riviera

WorldCarFans stumbled upon a video of an owner demonstrating the touchscreen capabilities and digital computers of his/her 1987 Buick Riviera, which also happens to be the first car to ever have a touchscreen interface.

These days, a touchscreen could be practically found in countless new cars, for functions like the radio, the air conditioning, and more. Hell, you can even get a video recorder, like in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s Performance Data Recorder.

But just realize that things weren’t this fancy only no more than 25 years ago and when cars started featuring LCD digital displays, it was all a smash hit as countless cars in the 1980s featured digital tech. This here Buick’s system is called Graphic Control Center and by watching the video, you can tell it’s pretty rudimentary and obsolete. But nonetheless, it’s a fun time capsule and it really makes you realize how far we’ve come.

Buick continued the system similarly in a follow-up to the Riviera, the Reatta, but the whole system was dropped because customers complained about it being too distracting. If only the rest of the world approached modern in-car infotainment systems similarly…

Check it out after the jump.

Source: WCF


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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