BMW teases gesture recognition concept
The BMW Group has released a teaser image of a concept vehicle it’s calling a “Vision Car” that will make its debut next week at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.
A number of publications said the CES reveal will be an updated version of its i8 Spyder concept, which it first showed in 2012. The German automaker said only that the car will “demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look like.”
It will do so using a technology called AirTouch, which uses gesture recognition so the display in a vehicle can be operated like a touchscreen without having to make contact with the surface. Sensors record the hand movements in the area between the central console and the interior mirror.
Delphi will showcase gesture recognition technology at the trade show, and it’s already used on the BMW 7 series.
The automaker says AirTouch advances the technology. It includes a concealed button on the rim of the steering wheel — and another button on the side sill in the passenger door area — for a driver or occupant to activate a desired program or change a setting. It allows the person to use one hand to navigate through the menu with gestures and the other hand to confirm inputs with the button.
CES will feature a number of concept and production cars, including a Volkswagen electric concept and a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt. Yahoo Autos reports Ford Motor Co. and Google Inc. will announce a partnership to build driverless cars.
CES 2016, which runs Jan. 6-9, showcases the latest automotive, home and entertainment technologies.
Over the years the trade show has gained a larger automotive presence, and this year a number of executives will speak, including Herbert Diess, VW’s chairman of the board of management for passenger cars, and General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra.