It is sort of a weird accolade, but Ducati has been at the front of motorcycle dash technology and innovation implementation. Introducing a TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) on the Ducati Diavel, the Italian has continued its progression forward with an OLED dash on the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Delivering a noticeably brighter and crisper display over its TFT counter-part, the Ducati OLED dash is one of those items that doesn’t necessarily do a job better than its predecessor (it reads the bike’s speed and other vitals just the same as the pervious unit), but the added quality and user experience is one of those touches that makes a Ducati, well…a Ducati.
With the shroud of mystery that covers any race team’s technology, one cannot be certain whether the Ducati 1199 Panigale got its OLED dash before the GP12, or if the Ducati Desmosedici GP12′s race technology trickled down to the production superbike. Ducati Corse hasn’t been forthright responding to our inquiries, so we can only make conjecture a this.
From these photos, The GP12 has obviously different screens for different engineering and racing purposes, and it is not clear if the dash has an integrated touchscreen or not. Clearer, sharper, and brighter than previous units, the OLED dash means that in the fraction of a second that a MotoGP racer has to look as his dash, the chances of the information being accurately conveyed are certainly increased.
A nice piece of kit, the one thing that is for certain about the Ducati Corse OLED dash is that it is a marked improvement over more traditional racing units, which themselves are more robust than the units found from OEMs on stock machines.
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