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

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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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