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You have to see BMW's futuristic new dashboard display

You have to see BMW's futuristic new dashboard display
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There's no question about it - BMW has the reputation of producing sleek, sophisticated cars. But lately, the auto manufacturer has also been driving new trends for automobile technology. And it seems to only get better with each model.

So, it's really no surprise that BMW is about to revolutionize the driving experience all over again. Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), BMW plans to reveal its newest model, known only as the "Vision Car."

A small preview of the car is already generating a lot of buzz. And the image doesn't even show a hint of the car's overall design. All it shows is a shot of the new dashboard, and it's the new Air Touch console that has people talking.

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Until now, advanced dashboard technology came in the form of a touch screen. But BMW's new Air Touch system will give drivers full control over their navigation system, stereo, Bluetooth, etc., with a slight gesture of the hand.

It's said that Air Touch will feature motion sensors that recognize specific motions made by a flat hand. This means, no more fingerprint smudges or buildup on your system's screen. You and your passengers won't have to touch a thing.

To make navigating the system easier, BMW has also streamlined the number of prompts required for each function, and included software designed to predict the user's next move.

Many of the details about the system's full capacity are being kept under wraps, at least until the full reveal at the CES show. More information is expected as consumers get their first hands-on look at the new car on the CES floor.

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