This Buick Touchscreen Display Was Decades Ahead of Its Time

Touchscreens are becoming more common in modern cars, but 40 years ago, there were no models that had the technology to implement them.

until the Buick Riviera came out in 1986. It was regarded as the first production car.

The first time an in-car touchscreen didn't happen by accident. They are a direct result of Buick's desire to be the industry leader at the time.

It all started in 1980, when Buick executives wanted to develop a vehicle with the most cutting-edge technology (via Haggerty).

The '86 Buick Riviera's brochure had already shown just how extensive its GCC is, with its T-Type version adding even more luxury to the mix.

It's clear that the '86 Buick Riviera was preparing to be as future-proof as possible, and in some respects, one might say that it even stood the test of time.

Buick's ingenious infotainment system certainly gave a sneak peek at what's to come in the not-so-distant future.

Considering how often some of the car's features turn out to be terrible ideas, this was no easy feat.

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