The Consumer Electric Show is an annual show hosted in Las Vegas and displays the upcoming technologies that could come to become part of our everyday lives.
This was the perfect opportunity for BMW Group to show off its latest innovations in driver technology and infotainment systems for the cars of the future.
The main display was for the BMW HoloActive Touch system, which uses a virtual touchscreen that is controlled by finger gestures and involves no physical contact with any surface.
Whilst still using a similar driver-vehicle interaction experience to previous systems, the HoloActive Touch format takes technology used in recent BMW models and advances them for seamless integration into future models.
It still uses BMW Connected services and with intuitive interaction, the vividly-coloured display uses the AirTouch system that BMW displayed at last year’s CES and the gesture control unit that has debuted in the new 5 and 7 Series models.
With a similar layout to a head-up display, HoloActive Touch uses reflective surfaces to create the floating display effect, with a camera detecting the driver’s hand movements within the user area and registers the position of the fingertip and selects the option wanted by the driver.
When the driver’s fingertip ‘makes contact’ with the surface, a pulse is emitted and the relevant function is performed.
This is just one of many BMW innovations, and one that will hopefully be seen in our cars in the near-future.