At CES 2015, BMW had demoed a gesture control tech with human-machine interface. The feature later made its way to BMW’s new 7 Series models. Now, the car maker is set to demonstrate a new type of control system at the CES 2016. Also Read - Mini Electric hatchback with 233km range could launch in India next year
Dubbed as AirTouch, the new tech allows users to control some features of the car using gestures, rather than tapping on the touchscreen. The display will still be present to show communication, entertainment and navigation information. However, the sensors within the interiors will track hand gestures between rear-view mirror and the dashboard to change settings such as volume, accept calls etc. This will also eliminate the need of tapping on the screen. Also Read - Tesla faces imminent doom claims former GM Vice President Bob Lutz
Here, the gestures could be more like hovering mouse on the car’s large display. After focusing on the on-screen item, the driver can select it using the button on the steering wheel. The passenger can also do the same using the button on the door. Also Read - Over 125 million connected cars shipments globally by 2022: Report
The concept sounds a little complex, but BMW says that the AirTouch software is specially designed to move through the menus while reducing the overall number of steps. While there are a number of smart features available in modern cars, automakers are experimenting different ways to reduce the overall distraction that is caused when using them.
The i8 Spider could be the first vehicle to feature AirTouch gesture control feature. It is rumored to be displayed at the CES 2016 as demo vehicle for this feature.
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