At CES 2015 we got to see the next gen iDrive tech, which now (finally) includes a touchscreen, in addition to the existing (and oft-criticized) “hockey puck”-like controller and voice input. The system features a glove-friendly capacitive display and lets you transition seamlessly between the iDrive controller and the touchscreen. In addition, this new version provides gesture recognition via an overhead camera located in the area next to the map lights. Gestures are pretty intuitive – for example, spinning your finger clockwise in mid-air increases the volume system-wide, and just extending your hand towards the touchscreen accepts an incoming call. BMW’s tech is context sensitive and allows you to gesture during a call without triggering any unwanted commands.

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