Also on display at CES is a preview of BMW’s next-generation iDrive infotainment system, headlined by a new hand-waving gesture recognition.
In current BMW models, functions on the dashtop iDrive display are controlled primarily by a dial-and-buttons combination in the centre console, allowing users to scroll and click their way through various screens.
This coming new version features a larger display and a new non-contact recognition system that allows users to perform hand gestures in the air that are then interpreted and actioned by the iDrive software.
For the system to work, gestures must be made in the space between the steering wheel, display and gear shifter, allowing the 3D camera to ‘see’ and render the action.
The range of gestures vary from phone-like swipes, pinches and rotating, and the number of fingers used in the gesture can also affect the command.
BMW says the new iDrive system will appear first in the next-generation 7 Series limo, before filtering down to the wider range.
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