Thought Tesla’s massive iPad-like touchscreen was the biggest you’d ever see? Thought Mercedes’ odd dual-screen setup couldn’t be beaten for length? We’re only a few days into 2019 and we already have a contender for screen of the year (but it’s undecided whether for good or bad).

Buy a Byton M-Byte when it goes on sale and you’ll immediately get square eyes. Covering the whole dashboard is a 49-inch screen that makes a Model S’ gadgetry look like the teeny screen on a base-spec Ford Fiesta.

Byton has showcased the M-Byte concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and you’d be forgiven for dismissing this as pure concept car nonsense. But the Chinese company has confirmed that the colossal screen will be in the production version of the all-electric SUV. It’s the largest of three separate screens within the car – the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the touchscreens on the lower centre console and, bizarrely, on the steering wheel.

That one in the middle of the wheel is new, too. A touchscreen on the wheel actually seems quite a clever idea, as everything’s right at your fingertips – especially as the centre of the steering wheel doesn’t rotate.

Among the features you can enjoy on that bonkers screen are 5G mobile internet connectivity, Amazon Alexa compatibility, AI and much more. Being the size of 24 smartphones, the screen will be able to show all your driving information, infotainment, navigation and presumably, everything you could possibly ever know.

Hang on a minute though. Having done a lot of driving at night, I’m pretty sure that screen will just blind the driver and they won’t be able to see properly. Plus, if it’s anything like my iPhone screen, you’ll go over a pothole one day and the screen might smash into a zillion tiny pieces. There’ll be backstreet shops set up simply to repair your mega screen and extract the glass out of your eyebrows.

The M-Byte will be available with two versions, with either 250 miles or 320 miles of squeaky clean electric range.

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