Gesture controls to enter Volkswagen fleet from 2015

6 Jan 2015

Interior of VW Golf R Touch. Imahe via VW America

Volkswagen is attempting to pack a raft of new technology into its latest range of cars, starting with gesture control, Android and iPhone integration and semi-autonomous driving.

The German car manufacturer has invested significantly in new technologies in recent years and has most recently been seen taking some of their latest models using petrol and given them an cleaner, electric update, most notably the e-Golf which tested recently.

Now, demonstrating their latest developments at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the company showed off their latest concept car, the Golf R Touch, that featured its latest technology, perhaps most interesting of all being driver gesture control.

According to Volkswagen, proximity sensors placed within the cabin of the car will be able to read the driver’s hand and determine what function he/she wants to do.

The driver can even train the system to recognise particular hand movements to undertake more specific tasks.

Image via VW America

In their efforts to appeal to the widest audience possible, Volkswagen have also revealed details of their latest MirrorLink system which will allow users of either Apple or Android smartphones to integrate their devices with the car’s infotainment system giving anyone with a Volkswagen car access to either Android’s Android Auto or Apple’s Apple CarPlay.

Luckily for us in Europe, this will not be limited to the American market as there will be a simultaneous launch across both sides of the Atlantic.

Finally, their other big reveal was that of semi-autonomous parking which has been seen in other car manufacturer’s currently released vehicles, most notably one of the Tesla luxury electric car range.

Much like Elon Musk’s range of cars, future Volkswagen cars will have park assist that will give those with issues regarding parallel parking a helping hand by guiding the car into the free space.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic