BMW_gesture_key_header.jpg

Concept: Gesture Key

 
 
 

Digital natives now buy millions of wearable devices, and use various shared mobility services. Using a smartphone for opening doors is inconvenient when hands are full or you are in a hurry. In a modern hectic lifestyle gesture is the new interface.

 
 
 

We are now getting used to the fact that a cloud connected car has enabled consumers to use their smartphone to check the status or even unlock doors of a vehicle with an app. While this has enabled shared mobility services such as DriveNow, Car2Go and many others, it is not a convenient way of interacting with a vehicle on a daily basis. Perhaps, we can also rethink the key paradigm adding some coolness on the way?

 
 
* Current implementations of a gesture enabled tailgate opening. Images courtesy of BMW.

* Current implementations of a gesture enabled tailgate opening. Images courtesy of BMW.

 
 

A smartwatch or a wearable

+

gesture sensing car

=

new experience

 
 

The convenience is delivered by car's device sensing capability. User simply walks towards the car and feels a gentle vibration on his wrist - marking that the car has detected his presence. Now, the doors are ready to be unlocked if a gesture is performed on the device.

 
 
 

The BMW i3 has Majestic Middleware implemented   |   The Watch has Majestic Link implemented

 

Powered by the ability to sense its surroundings, the car can be programmed to recognise the driver by his device when the driver enters its physical space - it unlocks the doors as the driver approaches and locks them again when the driver leaves the vehicle, in each case in response to a specific gesture. 

This concept was built for CES2015 by BMW engineers using our software toolkit.