BMW has used the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce two new systems which could debut on the 2016 7-Series.

BMW has used the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce two new systems which could debut on the 2016 7-Series.

First up, the company introduced a prototype iDrive system with a touchscreen. Designed to supplement the iDrive controller, the system has a virtual keyboard which should make entering information easier than ever before.

While a touchscreen information system is virtually a shoo-in for the next-generation 7-Series, the system also has gesture recognition technology that uses a roof-mounted 3D sensor to detect hand gestures in the area between the gear lever, steering wheel and Control Display. As BMW explains, "The system decodes different movements – such as tapping, finger rotations or a swiping movement to the right – and performs the desired input. A rotating movement can be used, say, to alter the volume of the radio, a finger raised to accept a phone call or a swiping movement to decline a call."

Besides introducing the iDrive prototype, BMW showcased their TouchCommand rear seat control system. Essentially a Samsung tablet with a special BMW app, the TouchCommand system allows rear seat passengers to control everything from the car's climate and infotainment systems to the adjustments of the rear seats. The tablet is kept in a crash-proof holder and can be recharged by a snap-in adapter.

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