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Touchscreens are becoming common and touch pads – like those in the Audi A7, A8 and next A3 – are gaining traction, but the next input revolution might not be gesture controls, it's likely to be "smart fabrics" and BMW is already toying with the technology.

Researchers at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada have developed a new flexible, polymer-based fiber that can be woven into existing fabrics. Essentially, it's a capacitive pad that can register touches and swipes when alternating current is plumbed through the fibers. Think about running a finger along your seat fabric to adjust the amount of lumbar support or swipe across the dashboard ahead of the passenger to open the glovebox. Even better, this new material can be cleaned like more traditional fabrics, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in previous iterations.

BMW did something similar with its Vision ConnectedDrive concept from last year's Geneva Motor Show, utilizing capacitive panels embedded in the seats and dash. And according to a BMW spokesperson speaking with New Scientist, the automaker is looking into the technology further, but unfortunately, it isn't providing a timeline on when it could come to market.


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      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      great idea BMW, keep up the great work!
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know everyone is going to downvote me for saying this...... but can BMW PLEASE not be so obsessed with this useless technology crap? Why not find a way to make the driving experiences of your cars better. You're supposed to be the Ultimate Driving Machine, not the Ultimate Performance Machine.
        swim.mer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Not going to downvote you. However, understand that several high-end luxery and sport automobiles are looking to stay competitive by apply new technologies.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cerrones
      • 2 Years Ago
      Technology is arising in every field ...so is the case with cars. BMW also arises out with technology "Smart Fabrics" .Please speak out more on timeline so that it must be sure facts...... http://www.cerroneseuropean.com
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has this intrusive center console that keeps from hugging my lady...Al-
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      less talk more do! I think it's a cool idea. Bout time!