BMW To Unveil AirTouch Contactless Touchscreen For Cars At CES 2016

When it comes to cars, im sure all of us are familiar with BMW. The German car manufacturers has been a pioneer in many car related technologies and they have something new for us again. BMW will be present at the CES 2016 to be held in Las Vegas and they have a rather interesting piece of technology to show off.


The company will b rather showcasing their next-gen gesture control which has been used in some of the BMW 7 series cars and will be incorporated into the cars coming in the coming years. The new gen gesture control will be showcased in BMW’s Vision Car which will be representation of how car interiors and gesture control will be in future cars.

The gesture control that we are talking about here is named AirTouch and is a more advanced version of the gesture control that BMW unveiled this year at the CES 2015. As the name suggests, Air Control actually lets you control the system in air. It is a contact-less touch-screen system which means that a touchscreen will be present but you won’t necessarily have to make contact with it to operate it. A simple gesture of your finger for example will be enough to change the volume of the music system or to slide open the sunroof.


“AirTouch allows the display in a vehicle to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with the surface. Sensors record the hand movements in the area between the central console and the interior mirror. This enables drivers or passengers to change the focus on the surface of the large panorama display. Simple confirmation selects the relevant menu item or activates an icon.”

This has been made possible with the help of an array of sensors fitted into the dashboard that will read your gestures and perform the corresponding function. The passenger will have equal privileges thanks to more sensors on the passenger side of the dashboard. AirTouch will have to be activated though which will be possible at the click of a discrete AirTouch button which will be located on the left side of the steering in high-end BMW car models.

The system might sound complicated compared to what we have these days in high-end cars but BMW claims once AirTouch actually coms into ply, it will make controlling the system much more easier.

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