Imagine a vehicle cabin where all you need to do to adjust the audio volume or climate control was to simply wave your hand or snap your fingers - that dream my not be such a far-fetched idea as BMW presents an innovative concept interface at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2017.

Called the BMW HoloActive Touch, it is a virtual, free-floating touchscreen display that is operated by finger gestures that is confirmed by what the driver perceives as tactile feedback.

This revolutionary technology brings together the advantages of the BMW Head-Up Display, BMW gesture control - which was debuted in a previous CES and is now available in the new BMW 7 and 5 Series - and direct touchscreen operation in order to present a one-of-a-kind interface.

The BMW HoloActive Touch does not require any physical contact between the driver and the system while still providing visible and tangible feedback that is familiar to the driver.

This highly intuitive concept will allow the driver to access to all the services offered by BMW Connected using a free-floating full-color display generated by a clever use of reflections.

It will be positioned next to the steering wheel at the height of the center console. To detect the driver's gestures, it will use a camera to determine if the fingertip makes contact with the visual control surface after which a pulse is emitted for feedback and the relevant function is activated.