VW has taken the wraps off the e-Golf Touch concept that previews the company’s upcoming gesture control technology for production cars.
It was at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where VW introduced the Golf R Touch with support for gesture control and now the technology has made a step closer to production. It’s being highlighted in the new e-Golf Touch that serves as a sneak preview for a compact production model equipped with this tech. Although VW doesn’t say exactly when gesture controls will be implemented in a C-segment car, most likely it will happen before the end of this year with the arrival of the facelifted Golf.
The e-Golf Touch features the latest iteration of VW’s MIB infotainment system with a 9.2-inch display that has a resolution of 1,280 x 640 pixels. The screen is configurable which means the driver will be able to set it up according to his preferences and have faster access to the functions he uses more often. As you would expect, the new infotainment setup provides support for MirrorLink, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, so you’ll be able to hook up your phone.
In addition, the e-Golf Touch also has VW’s latest developments in voice control technology bringing improved controls. The voice commands are shown on the screen in order to accompany the request and VW says it will be available in Europe starting early summer.
The concept shown at CES these days also provides support for wireless charging thanks to an inductive charging system implemented in the mobile phone tray located under the infotainment screen. Even the rear armrests take advantage of this technology, so passengers sitting in the back will be able to charge their phones without cables. VW says the e-Golf Touch also has a USB Type C port granting very fast USB data transfer while charging the device at the same time.
Another neat feature is Personalization 2.0 that allows the driver to save individual settings in a user account in the cloud. This is done through the Volkswagen Car-Net ID and enables the driver to load up the saved settings when using another car.
Lastly, VW also has a Media Control (Generation 3.0) rear-seat entertainment system that grants access to many of the car’s functions through a tablet.
The e-Golf Touch concept is currently being showcased at CES alongside the Budd-e concept.