Maxi DOT

Maxi DOT is the designation for the display type of the on-board computer. It is actually a matrix display that is located in the instrument cluster, usually between the analogue vehicle speed and engine speed indicators. The Maxi DOT display is composed of individual illuminated dots which allows for much greater display variability.

The first displays used in the combined instrument panel were monochromatic segmented displays. Their disadvantage lay in the limited number of symbols they could display. A segmented display has fixed separate light segments of predefined shapes. Each segment represents an individual part of a character or symbol. However, with the development of MFA (Multi-Function Display) onboard computers, the number of information that could be displayed to the driver increased. The area with specific symbols was no longer sufficient. There arose a need for a universal display capable of displaying arbitrary graphic elements.

instrument panel with MAXI-DOT 

instrument panel with Maxi-DOT

The original segmented display was replaced by a matrix TFT display called Maxi DOT. The function and advantage of Maxi DOT lie in the ability to display practically any information through a matrix display. Maxi-DOT allows the display of all classic onboard computer functions, such as time, consumption, instantaneous consumption, average speed, range, outdoor temperature, etc. Additionally, this system can communicate with the radio, navigation, or mobile phone and display received information. The display can show radio functions, navigation arrows, or browse the phone directory. It is also possible to monitor, for example, a graphical display of open doors or seatbelt status. The first Maxi DOT displays appeared with the second generation of Octavia and Fabia.

The Maxi DOT screen underwent gradual improvement and refinement. Resolution and graphic processing have significantly improved, allowing the display of a wide range of new features, including information provided by assistance systems. The TFT display became color, and its resolution increased. The new generation of Maxi DOT displays consisted of a black-and-white and even a color 3.5″ TFT display in higher specifications. Over time, the display enlarged to the extent that it replaced the old good analog indicators. Maxi DOT transformed into a fully digital instrument panel called Virtual Cockpit.

 Škoda Octavia - Maxi DOT

Basic Display without MFA


Basic segmented display without onboard computer displays the following set of functions:

  • automatic text messages when ignition is turned on
  • time
  • outside temperature
  • schematic display of vehicle outlines to signal open doors or hood
  • display of km/miles
  • recommended gear selection
  • speed warning (winter tires)
  • service interval reminder
  • Driver Activity Assistant – fatigue recognition

Display with MFA


Segmented display with MFA (Multi Function Display) offers the user the following onboard computer functions in addition to the basic display version:

  • average fuel consumption*
  • current fuel consumption
  • digital speed
  • average speed*
  • distance traveled*
  • driving time
  • range
  • second speed (digital speed display in alternative units km/miles)

*These functions are recorded in three memory levels in the following modes: 1) from start, 2) from refueling, and 3) long-term.

Maxi DOT

The Maxi DOT display is realized by a monochromatic 3.5″ TFT with a resolution of 240×320 px.

Compared to the display with MFA, it offers:

  • date and time
  • initial screen
  • onboard computer additionally displays oil temperature – vehicle status (automatic text messages about the vehicle’s condition when ignition is turned on + the possibility to call up messages even after starting the engine)
  • advanced graphic display of assistance systems
  • compass (only in connection with the navigation system)
  • menu (depending on the equipment): Driving data, Navigation, Audio, Phone, Vehicle

Color Maxi DOT

The color display has the same resolution as the monochromatic 240×230 px, it offers animated display and also displays traffic signs (only in combination with the Traveller Assistant package)