VW’s next Golf will include ‘gesture controls’

Attendees look at a Volkswagen Golf R Touch car during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai.
Attendees look at a Volkswagen Golf R Touch car during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai. –Aly Song/REUTERS

The next generation of Volkswagen will allow drivers to control many of the car’s functions without the touch of a button.

Auto Express reports the 2016 Volkswagen Golf will allow motorists to use gestures to do things like operate temperature controls, open and close the sunroof, and adjust the infotainment system’s volume.

Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen’s head of powertrain development, confirmed for Auto Express that the gesture control technology will be available at the end of 2016.

The news was announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai as Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R Touch concept. The concept vehicle features the gesture technology that will eventually be included in the Golf.

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According to Neusser:

“The interior features a preview of future VW interior technologies, with smartphone applications redefined for automotive use… The gesture control will become reality in the Golf at the end of next year.’’

With this advancement in gesture technology, the VW Golf’s interior will also get a makeover offering fewer buttons. Operations that cannot be completed by gestures will instead be controlled through digital displays, according to Auto Express.

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