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Souped-up dashboards in cars good for safety? The debate rages on

Car companies say new screens on dashboards make driving less dangerous, but increasingly elaborate screens have raised questions about how much technology is appropriate in a car. Nvidia, which makes hardware and software for displays in Audis and Teslas, said making the displays as responsive as possible, with minimal glances away from the road required, is a major goal.

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WHEN it comes to car dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them.

But are they really a good idea?

Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. They say outsized...

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