The 2015 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that happened in Las Vegas, BMW established a gesture control that lets consumers customize volume, access, navigation and even answer phone calls without touching any button – the whole thing was controlled using in-air gestures.
BMW, the German carmaker then turned around to implementing the next generation technology in all its new 7 Series flagship automobiles.
For the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show, BMW is aiming at taking that gesture controller to the next facet with a 3-Diementional (3D) gesture control referred to as AirTouch. This particular gesture control lets he users control a larger panoramic screen such as the touchscreen without physically touching the surface. To enable this touch-less touchscreen control, engineers of BMW connected other sensors at the center console for reading the 3-Dimentional movements of the hand of the user.
Those that ever used the iDrive infotainment system of BMW know that there are multiple screens as well as options you can dig up so as to get anything done. Smartly, the designers have used the AirTouch to simplify the number of menus that a user can navigate through. This implies that if a user activates the phone function, the system would call up the contacts automatically or call lists allowing the user to initiate a call using one gesture instead of two or three.
These features of gesture control do more than just look cool or extricate BMW from the other tech-savvy competitors. The aim of these systems is to limit the distraction the driver might encounter, hence enabling you to access and also control all the modern in-car infotainment needs to be deprived of ever having to pay close attention to something off the road that is ahead of you. This feature helps can help in limiting the chances of getting into an accident.