In an effort to blend advances in technology with safe driving efforts, BMW engineers are developing a whole new system of contactless display for its interiors. The company will unveil its “Air Touch” technology, which is “capable of reading hand gestures to control functions inside the car including navigation, entertainment, and communication,” according to a Business Insider report. The BMW technology, which is being tested in the company’s 7 series models, such as the 2016 BMW 750i xDrive Four-Door Sedan, available here at BMW of Peabody, uses sensors to read the movements of your hand made close to the central console.

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According to BMW, simple movements of a finger can carry out actions such as adjusting the loudness of your car radio or accepting phone calls. Meanwhile, this technology is available as BMW Gesture Control in the new BMW 7 Series. Sensors are installed in the area of the instrument dashboard which respond to hand movements here and therefore permit three-dimensional control. A movement of the hand or a gesture activates the surfaces on the large panorama display. But, the new engineering programs provide more than this. A concealed AirTouch button is located on the rim of the steering wheel. It is on the left and easy to reach with the thumb, and it lights up when a menu or icon can be activated. One tap is sufficient to activate the desired program or change a setting, something that will certainly make things easier for a driver to keep focused on the road. The passenger also has a button like this positioned on the side sill in the door area. Passengers will able to use one hand to navigate through the menu and the other hand to confirm inputs very quickly.