Automakers Add ‘Gesture Technology’ to Automobiles

USA Today - January 10, 2013

Dri­vers have depend­ed on ges­tures to maneu­ver through traf­fic since the dawn of the auto­mo­bile age, from a friend­ly wave to a shak­ing fist – or worse.

Now automak­ers are adding ges­tures to their soft­ware.

Now, automak­ers are start­ing to use ges­tures to let dri­vers con­trol func­tions of the car, whether it’s an approach­ing hand to acti­vate a dash­board info­tain­ment sys­tem or the kick of a leg to open a crossover’s tail­gate.

Hyundai plans to intro­duce a sleek con­cept car that incor­po­rates “3-D ges­ture” con­trol so a dri­ver can oper­ate an audio sys­tem with the wave of a hand.

The goal: Make it “safe and easy to use,” says Mitchell Zarders, a Hyundai senior engi­neer, who notes the func­tion­al­i­ty is still in its infan­cy. “You are going to be amazed in a cou­ple years. (Ges­ture con­trol) isn’t going to resem­ble any­thing that you see today.”





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