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Volkswagen Budd-e concept teased ahead of CES 2016 debut

Volkswagen Budd-e concept teased ahead of CES 2016 debut

Volkswagen Budd-e concept teased ahead of CES 2016 debut

Volkswagen has released a video teasing its brand new concept car – set to be unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The concept has previously been teased through pictures posted by the manufacturer on Twitter, but now a Youtube video gives us a better idea of what to expect.

The concept is likely to be called the ‘Budd-e’ concept and speculation suggests it’ll be a revised, all-electric version of the Bulli concept, revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The company has recently said that it’ll concentrate on electric and alternatively-fuelled vehicles, in the wake of last year’s dieselgate emissions scandal.

Volkswagen’s chairman of passenger cars, Dr Herbert Diess, is set to unveil the new model as part of his keynote speech. The company has hinted that he will focus on the latest developments in electric vehicles, and touch on the next generation of connectivity.

BMW CES 2016 AirTouch

BMW to show AirTouch contactless tech at CES 2016

BMW CES 2016 AirTouchBMW will reveal a new forward-looking Vision Car concept at CES 2016 that debuts new contactless touchscreen technology it’s calling AirTouch.

This allows screens to be operated in the same way as a touchscreen – without actually having to touch the screen.

A step on from the Gesture Control seen in the new BMW 7 Series (first previewed at CES 2015), AirTouch uses sensors in the dashboard that, BMW says, permit three-dimensional control.

“A movement of the hand or a gesture activates the surfaces on the large panorama display,” explains the firm – and in the teaser image above, suggests this will be an extra infotainment screen mounted on the passenger side of the dashboard. It’s in addition to the familiar driver-focused central iDrive screen.

AirTouch appears to get round the slightly awkward situation of today’s infotainment tech being based around touchscreens… but BMW’s interiors not being optimised for them.

The brand appears unwilling to change its interior architecture to put the screens within reach of hands: AirTouch instead allows touch-style control without spoiling its design philosophy.

It’s not completely touch-free either. BMW says the Vision Car has a small button on the left rim of the steering wheel, and an additional one on the passenger sill. Both allow inputs to be confirmed.

BMW will reveal more about AirTouch in its CES 2016 showcase next week in Las Vegas. The firm is already hinting that this new tech will be just a small part of the forward-looking tech extravaganza coming to its new Vision Car concept…

BMW car parking via smartwatch

BMW reveals ’parking via smartwatch’ technology

BMW car parking via smartwatchBMW is to showcase new tech dubbed ‘Remote Valet Parking Assistant’ that promises to let owners park their cars in multi-storey car parks… using a smartwatch. Read more

Mercedes-Benz smartwatch

Mercedes-Benz previews car smartwatch

Mercedes-Benz smartwatchMercedes-Benz will reveal a new smartwatch developed with tech firm Pebble Technology at the 2014 International CES event.

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