Reach for the screens: VW reveals e-Golf Touch concept

Published: 07 January 2016

► Gesture control system set for production
► Backed up by high-res, customisable display
► VW also shows off improved connectivity

Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept called the e-Golf Touch, at the Consumer Electronics Show, which features its latest gesture control system.

The concept is designed to preview the next generation of VW’s media systems, which are due to make their way into its production cars in due course.

VW's e-Golf Touch features an infotainment system with a 9.2in high-res display that’s embedded in a glass surface. There are only four touch-sensitive buttons and a single push-rotary switch around the display, resulting in a clean look.

Details about exactly how the gesture control system will work, however, are yet to be revealed - but you can expect media and basic phone controls to be accessed with simple gestures. 

The large home screen can also be configured to display your most frequently used functions, including navigation and phone controls, making it easier to use.

An updated voice control system also features in the concept, which will be offered in summer 2016. Usefully, this new system automatically displays all the available voice commands on the car's displays, so you’ll have less guesswork to do in order to get the right result.

You won't have to push any buttons to activate the voice control, either, with the new system designed to recognise keywords and being accepting commands without a physical action.

Another neat trick is the addition of electronic voice amplification, which uses speakers and microphones to make it easier for front-seat occupants to talk to those in the back. The system is sensitive to speed, cranking up the volume as you drive faster.

Other tech highlights included integrated wireless charging for mobile devices, a host of connectivity systems and an in-car wi-fi hot spot.

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car