BMW is showcasing a new gesture-controlled interface called AirTouch in a concept version of the i8 Spyder sports car at the CES Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The technology dispenses with a touch-screen or control knob. Instead it reads finger movements to activate entertainment, navigation and communication systems so that the driver does not need to take his or her hands off the steering wheel.
AirTouch is already available to order in BMW's 7-series flagship limousine.
Experts said the outing at the January 6-9 show indicates that the i8 Spyder is poised for production nearly four years after the first concept was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012.
According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, BMW has experienced problems in adapting the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic body shell construction of the i8 into a drophead format.