BMW shows off 'touch-less' touchscreen

2016-01-07 06:00
BMW’s touch screen. Photo: supplied

BMW’s touch screen. Photo: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

AT the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (6 to 9 January) in Las Vegas, BMW presented a Vision­ Car to demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look like.

One particular example in networked vehicles is provided by AirTouch. This feature controls the entertainment, satnav and communication functions using simple gestures made by the driver’s hand.

AirTouch allows the display in a vehicle to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with the surface.

How it works

Sensors record hand movements in the area between the central console and the interior mirror. This enables drivers or passengers to change the focus on the surface of the panoramic display.

3D control of your dashboard

In 2015, BMW presented its new gesture control at the CES. This enables simple movements of a finger to carry out actions such as adjusting the loudness or answering phone calls. This technology is available as BMW Gesture Control in the new BMW 7 Series.

BMW says AirTouch is taking another leap forward, with sensors installed in the area of the instrument dashboard which respond to hand movements here and therefore permit three-dimensional control.

AirTouch has another option to confirm an action. A concealed AirTouch button is located along the rim of the steering wheel.

Located on the left and easy to reach with the thumb, and it lights up when a menu or icon can be activated.

One press is sufficient to activate the desired programme or change a setting. The passenger also has a similar button positioned along the side-sill. Passengers can use one hand to navigate through the menu and the other to confirm inputs.

Activates phone pad

The intelligent AirTouch menu control reduces the number of steps needed to make a selection. For example, when activating the phone pad, the system automatically brings up contacts or call lists so that a call can be made with one action.

AirTouch recognises which selection and control steps are required next and displays them in advance. BMW says this allows the driver to focus all their concentration on the road ahead or offers additional convenient control options when the vehicle is travelling in highly automated mode.

- Wheels24.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.