BMW hints on revealing a new hologram touchscreen concept for the upcoming 2017 CES (2017 Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The new technology is supposed to be a combination of direct touchscreen operation, gesture control as well as the convenience of heads-up display. In January, BMW will be showcasing the HoloActive Touch system, which is made up of advanced interface for better connection between the vehicle and the driver.
This HoloActive works like a hologram touchscreen that floats freely and is controlled with the use of gesture control. The command is determined through the “tactile feedback” coming from the driver. The holographic display concept will come with BMW’s 5 Series and 7 Series’ latest technology.
As mentioned earlier, the system will have the classic direct touch screen control, gesture control and HUD. Simply put, its entire features can be controlled without the need for physical touch. The same technology lets the driver interact with the vehicle with the same advantage of using a traditional touch screen.
But how does it actually work without touching any surface? Well, BMW explained that the system is similar to the heads up display’s smart use of reflections. This time, the reflection is no longer projected to the windshield.
Instead, it comes in “free-floating form” and is visible along the interior. The innovative touch screen technology displays configurable controllers, which the driver can see within eye level as it appears close to the steering wheel. There is also one above the centre console. Since the technology uses a camera that keeps track of the driver’s hand gestures, it can also determine where the fingertips are positioned.
Once the virtual touch pad comes in contact with a fingertip, it emits a certain vibration that activates a corresponding control. BMW probably got this idea from their own “Air Touch technology”. If you can recall, they had equipped an i8 roadster concept from the same event last year with almost the same thing.
Although the previous version still needs the “touch commands” to be confirmed with the use of a physical touch pad. This new concept however sets an impression for the so-called “mobility experience”, which will be offered on vehicles with autonomous driving features.
In the previous years, CES has premiered not just new technologies but also new concepts that are only meant for an auto show. We think it’s one of those events you don’t want to miss especially if you’re up for a pleasant surprise. The 2017 CES will begin on January 5 and it will showcase this new HoloActive Touch as one of BMW’s “Inside Future” study.