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BMW's AirTouch Controls Will Give You Superpowers

Maybe not, but it will make you feel extra special.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is turning out to be the place where BMW will unveil a host of new technology. One of the things that we’re looking forward to seeing at the show next week is the automaker’s Vision Car. While this is just a concept, BMW plans to preview the next generation of its gesture-controlled infotainment system that was introduced on this year’s BMW 7-Series. Unlike the 7-Series’ “gesture control,” the new AirTouch will give drivers special powers over the vehicle.

The 7-Series gives users the ability to control the car’s infotainment system with small inputs from their fingers. BMW’s new AirTouch will let the driver control the vehicle’s entertainment, connectivity and navigation functions with simple gestures made with a flat hand. 3D sensors on the instrument panel read movements made by hand and allows users to confirm actions with hand gestures, a button on the steering wheel, or a button in the passenger’s door. AirTouch will be easier to use than a conventional infotainment system by reducing the number of steps needed to make a selection by displaying what the user might do next as an option on the screen. More info on BMW’s Vision Car will be revealed on January 6 at the CES.

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