I prefer that in an automobile as well--the gauges are somewhat in my field of vision when looking straight ahead, and I can see where the needles are at without needing to refocus and stare at them to interpret them directly. I've never liked digital speed, RPM, etc. readouts in a car. Give me a round meter or at least a bar graph to show information. Not numbers. And now with my nearfield eyesight being for crap, some digits are now blurred beyond recognition, yet I can still see the needles perfectly. Same with a clock or watch. Ever notice how we can (or at least, I can) recognize the time much faster with a pair of hands than having to read and interpret digits?