Will You Control Your Next Car By Waving Your Hand?

Posted on Nov 23 2013 - 10:22am by Robert

What do you think of the idea of using gesture control in your next car? The idea isn’t as far fetched as you might think that it is.

Internet giant Google and car manufacturer Ford are working on a futuristic set of car controls which could drastically change how we act in our vehicles.

How do we know this? Because of a set of patent application forms which show what the companies are on the way to making in-car gesture control a reality.

An example of what you could do in this way is that you could open your windows by swiping your hand in a downward motion. To close them you would – you guessed it – swipe your hand upwards. Equally, pointing at the sunroof in the right way would open or close it.

No More Dashboard Buttons?

googleIt could be that cars lose their traditional dashboard control buttons and knobs because of this planned change. Instead of these controls you would move your hand in certain ways in the appropriate places. For instance, you could twist your hand as though you were turning a dial in order to increase or decrease the radio volume or control the air conditioning.

It is said that the driver would then get a chance to approve or cancel the order with a thumbs up or thumbs down sign. This would remove the risk of a gesture being incorrectly interpreted and then carried out without the driver being aware of the error.

The idea behind these plans is that it would allow motorists to concentrate on other stuff while driving. It has even been suggested that this gesture control system could be added to Google’s fleet of driverless cars.

Do you see any point in adding gesture control to cars and doing away with physical buttons and knobs?


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