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March 24, 2014

It’s a Bird... It’s a Wave ... No – It’s Just Driver Convenience!

We have all seen use of hand gestures in everyday driving.  More likely than not, those hand gestures communicate some immediate emotional reaction to another driver.  Soon, those hand gestures may not have anything to do with someone else’s driving.  Hand gesture control of vehicle electronics is on its way. Automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Ford are exploring installing gesture sensing systems into their vehicles; other automakers like Honda and Hyundai have already applied for gesture patents.  And, companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google have likewise filed for related patents and have reportedly purchased gesture-system companies. With gesture systems, a driver would be able to control certain aspect of the vehicle with body movements.  For example, Ford has already started using gesture technology by allowing a person carrying a key to open the rear hatch for a Ford Escape by wagging a foot under the rear bumper.  Potential uses being considered include gestures to control volume for the car’s audio system and other such functions.  The goal of this technology, like most technology, is to provide an additional level of convenience for drivers.  These systems would likely be used to compliment the already available voice command features. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to turn the volume up and communicate with your fellow driver all in one wave! For more information on this up and coming technology, please click here.

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