Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the Golf R Touch concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Developed to preview the interior cabin of future models, the concept features an evolution of the company’s infotainment systems with support for gesture control and a significantly larger touchscreen display. The new system was designed to reduce distractions despite packing a considerable number of functions and most of them are controllable through touchscreens and sensor switches.
The Golf R Touch concept has a high-resolution 12.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, along with an 8-inch touch Control Center located beneath from where the driver controls the climate, media and vehicle functions while the conventional dials have been replaced by a 12.3-inch Active Information Display featuring digitized instruments.
Volkswagen says the central touchscreen and Active Info Display have customizable layouts which are just as easy to modify as on a tablet. The on-board gesture control unit makes use of a 3D camera installed within the roof lining and whenever the driver touches the roof, the digital controls for the sunroof will show up on the big 12.8-inch screen. Moving the hand from front to rear will open the sunroof while a reverse movement will close it.
It’s the same story with the seats as by making a similar gesture these can be adjusted. For example, when running a hand along the seat’s side, the central display will show the seat adjustment controls which grants the driver and front passenger with the possibility of modifying seat position through the screen.
As a final touch, Volkswagen says the on-board ambient lighting supports a whopping 16.7 million color combinations. Needless to say, sooner or later all of these technologies will be implemented in production cars.