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BMW has announced the first details of HoloActive Touch, a concept dash interface that uses gesture commands. It's an iteration on the AirTouch system shown off at CES last year, and will itself make its debut at CES 2017 next month. The main difference is that it makes use of a free-floating “virtual touchscreen” that “confirms the commands with what the driver perceives as tactile feedback.” Working with services offered via BMW’s ConnectedDrive cloud architecture, the virtual display will not be confined to just the windshield like current HUD displays but instead will use reflections to create the illusion of “floating” in space around the driver. A camera will detect the driver’s fingertips and interactions with the control surface and the unit then “confirms the commands with what the driver perceives as tactile feedback.” According to the BMW press release, “for the first time, the functions can be controlled without any physical contact with materials, but the technology still enables the visible and tangible driver-vehicle interaction familiar from conventional touchscreens.” CES kicks off in a few weeks, and HoloActive Touch is apparently just one example of the “trailblazing concepts and revolutionary technology” that BMW has in store for the show.