By definition, TFT Instrument Cluster or Just TFT cluster is an integral part of a vehicle, which displays all the information monitored by the system by a visual representation on a panel mostly placed behind the steering wheel or at the centre. Instrument clusters aren’t just limited to four-wheelers, but also comes with almost every type of vehicle be it two-wheelers, four-wheelers, trucks or even the aeroplane. The common things displayed on the instrument cluster are speed, distance travelled, fuel remaining, engine temperature, engine RPM, closed-door monitoring and much more.

Types of Instrument Cluster

Basically, there are only two types of Instrument Cluster

  1. Analog Instrument Cluster
  2. Digital Instrument Cluster
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Analog Instrument Cluster

Analog Instrument Cluster are usually the old type instrument cluster that instead of displaying a variable screen display this type has a fixed and pretty simple display which includes various analogue meters and a set of basic information in the form of lights.

TFT Cluster
Digital Instrument Cluster

Digital Instrument Cluster is what you basically see in the modern well-equipped cars however this category can also be subdivided into semi-digital instrument cluster (contains 2 or more analogue meters along with a small TFT display for additional information) and fully digital instrument Cluster (with a full TFT screen with no analogue meters and various visual complexities).

History of Clusters

Back in the days when cars and bikes were first introduced in the market, there were no instrument clusters as there didn’t felt a need for it, however, as the technology progressed this nothingness turned into speedometers and odometers which were soon combined with fuel capacity and engine temperature gauges. And when these all instruments were combined into a single screen or panel it then came to know as the instrument cluster. These panels came in various shapes and sizes depending on the vehicle you were using and also the brand of the vehicle which you were driving.

The first digital instrument cluster was introduced back in the year 1976 with Aston Martin Lagonda followed by Cadillac Seville in 1978 after which this technology took off. But up until recently, this technology was considered a luxury but now you can see these things almost in every car.

Future of instrument cluster

Instrument Clusters nowadays are getting bigger and bigger with the current trend of the merged screen with both infotainment system and instrument cluster are combined in a wide LCD screen, however, the future of the cluster is the recently Mercedes introduced Hyperscreen which turn whole of your dashboard into a cluster.

If you want to buy a car with a digital/ LCD/ TFT instrument cluster then here are a few very affordable cars that come with them.

  1. Renault Kwid
  2. Tata Tiago
  3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
  4. Renault Triber
  5. Renault Kiger
  6. Nissan Magnite
  7. Tata Altroz
  8. Tata Punch
  9. Hyundai i20
  10. Tata Nexon

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