Nubo wrote:In that movement lies superior accuracy. As you drive along with a "45" on your digital display, you are bouncing somewhere between the guardrails of 44 and 46, with no clue as to the magnitude and direction of drift. By the time you notice a change, I've already corrected. It's clearly visible whether the needle is at 45, or even tenth higher or lower, and the magnitude of any drift is apparent. Digits may be reassuring for people of a certain age, but they are not necessarily superior for every task. This is coming from someone with a 40 year career in I.T..
I totally understand your point, the problem is that I would argue the vast majority of people do not care about the magnitude and direction of drift. This information only seems relevant if you are a mechanic or professional race car driver. The fact that I must continue to take my eyes off the road to see where a needle is pointing is way more dangerous than just glancing at a fixed digit that my brain understands instantly.
The funny thing is that this whole argument will be totally irrelevant when autonomous cars become the norm