Simple gesture control is, well, so yesterday for BMW. Now it’s forging ahead into the future with a new 3D technology it dubs AirTouch. It’s the latest wizardry BMW plans to show off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Basically, the concept will have drivers waving their entire hand to control car functions.
BMW will demonstrate the concept in its “Vision Car” at CES. It’s a much more advanced gesture control system than the one it showed off just one year ago at the technology show. That system allows drivers to control some basic functions like adjusting volume and accepting phone calls with a simple finger gesture. (By the way, you’ll see the original BMW Gesture Control technology in the new technology packed BMW 7 Series.)
The way BMW describes AirTouch it’s as if you’ll be able to use your entire hand to control a large touchscreen without making contact with it. Think of it as sort of like waving your hand around in the air to get things done. Sensors installed in the dashboard respond to your entire hand movement and allow 3D control of the car’s oversized display. There’s also buttons on the steering wheel and door sides to help you make your selection should you want to do so the old-fashioned way.
BMW will demonstrate all of this in action at CES which runs from January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas. For now, we’ll have to settle for one preview photo.
BMW is also rumored to be bringing its long-awaited i8 Spyder to CES as well. And what a day that will be if it pans out. A German newspaper recently quoted BMW’s CEO as saying a production version is finally on its way. The concept first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 2012. So stay tuned for that one.