AirTouch technology takes the concept of a touchscreen display to a whole new level. From what we understand, you no longer have to physically ‘touch’ the screen. A year ago, BMW debuted its gesture control system in the brand new 7 Series which allowed touchless control forÂ simple inputs like audio volume. AirTouch seems to be the next step.
The system works via sensors that detect hand movements made between the centre console and interior rear view mirror. BMW hasnâ€™t elaborated on what the exact movements are but a simple gesture should allow you to browse menus while another gesture will enabling selecting a relevant menu item.
However, the technology doesnâ€™t seem entirely touchless. A recessed AirTouch button resides on the rim of the steering wheel on the left side. The button lights up when a menu or icon is activated. A tap of this button can activate a program or change a setting. The passenger too has a similar button positioned in the door sill. So essentially one hand waves the inputs and the other taps a button to select them.
The only way to truly appreciate such a technology would by testing it physically but it looks intriguing to say the least. BMW says it is designed to help reduce the number of steps required in the process of getting a task done through the infotainment display, think making a phone call.
So why do we think this tech will debut in the i8 Spyder? Well there have been rumours about the carÂ for quite a while now and what better platform for BMW to debut a pathbreaking technology than in a new version of its most path breaking vehicle!