Above is a photograph of a new conceptual dashboard by automotive interiors supplier Johnson Controls, soon to be presented at the International Motor Show 2007. While the bulk of the dashboard is ho-hum, at least one new detail is worth looking at, the speedometer gauge. While the gauge to the left of it has the conventional center-mounted needle, the large gauge has a "ring pointer," where the pointer is a graphic on a clear, rotating ring. This simple design innovation frees up the center of the dial so you can display more information.
Below is a photograph of the "ring pointer" concept in actual production on the new Chrysler Pacifica. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?