I would almost consider that thing a road hazard; half of it looks to be occluded by the vents and clock from a seated position, plus it's rather small and set back, meaning it will take you much longer to focus on what you're looking for. Could be just the photo, though.
I don't mind the black bars so much, as they're clearly there so the design can match the control panel underneath it. I'm upset they didn't use the full space and make the screen rectangular. I'm sure it would cost more to custom fabricate that dimension, but other companies are doing it too, and I'm sure there is something more filling on the market already.