BMW Shows Off Amazing No-Touch Touchscreen

BMW's AirTouch system lets drivers control dashboard functions with the wave of a hand.
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BMW will reveal a new, no-touch system for controlling its dashboard infotainment system at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  

The AirTouch system lets drivers simply wave a hand at the dashboard to control functions such as GPS navigation, audio entertainment and communications.

BMW touch screen

Sensors record hand movements in the area between the central console and the rear-view mirror and interprets them to provide the function of a touch screen without actually touching the surface of the display. Germ-phobes rejoice!

AirTouch is considered a significant upgrade over BMW's Gesture Control that debuted at last year's CES, which enabled a finger to adjust loudness or accept phone calls, that is available in the new 7 Series.

AirTouch boasts another cool feature that actually does involve physical contact: When a hidden button on the steering wheel lights up, drivers can confirm actions with a quick click of that button. 

Considering the relative difficulty using alternative interfaces in cars, we can only imagine what the most popular gesture may be.

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