BMW has released the first teaser image of the company's new "Vision Car."
BMW has released the first teaser image of the company's new Vision Car concept.
Set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show early next month, the concept will "demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look like."
BMW is keeping details under wraps but confirmed the concept will feature an assortment of new technologies including AirTouch. The automaker says the system will enable users to control the entertainment, navigation, and communication systems using hand gestures. In essence, users will be able to interact with touchscreen displays without actually needing to touch them.
AirTouch uses a variety of sensors to monitor and record hand movements that occur between the center console and the interior rearview mirror. While AirTouch is similar to the Gesture Control system that is available in the new 7-Series, the latest system is far more advanced as it allows for three-dimensional gestures. The AirTouch system also has confirmation buttons for both the driver and front passenger.
The system might sound like overkill but BMW contends AirTouch "reduces the number of steps needed to make a selection." As an example, BMW says when "activating the phone pad, the system automatically brings up contacts or call lists to the top select level so that a call can be made with just one further action."