Infotainment systems? That’s so 1986


Touchscreens are so ubiquitous in daily life today it’s hard to imagine a time before them. They’ve replaced conventional controls on everything from cell phones, to refrigerators, to automobile center stacks. And while jabbing your finger at a car’s flat-screen seems like a modern pastime, the first car to use one arrived more than 30 years ago. Justifiably denounced for its small size and lackluster styling, the 1986 Buick Riviera pioneered the concept of the infotainment system, a development that evolved from car radios.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/12/27/1986-buick-riviera-gcc-touchscreen