German automaker BMW is geared up for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2017 next month. The manufacturer is going to introduce the HoloActive Touch, a concept dash interface that can be controlled by gestures.
The new HoloActive Touch system is a touch sensitive display for showing the info about navigation, music, driver indications and more. The display appears to float in the air like a "virtual touchscreen" that "confirms the commands with what the driver perceives as tactile feedback."
The concept images above shows user interacting with the system to scroll through features including entertainment and communication. HoloActive Touch works with BMW's Connected cloud architecture.
According to a BMW press release, "For the first time, the functions can be controlled without any physical contact with materials. But the technology still enables the visible and tangible driver-vehicle interaction familiar from conventional touchscreens."
BMW says that the system uses reflections from existing HUDs to create the illusion of a floating display than on the windshield. In the dash, there is also a camera that detects the driver's input with a virtual control surface.