Belgian SoftKinetic’s Gesture Control Technology rolls out in BMW


The Belgian SoftKinetic technology is built in more and more BMWs. After the BMW 7 Series luxury line, now it’s the turn of the BMW 5 Series cars. The technology allows the driver to control the infotainment system with hand gestures.

Brussels based SoftKinetic is the world’s leading provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions. It announced that its 3D Time of Flight (ToF) vision technology is built in the 2017 BMW 5 Series cars.

University spin-off bought by Sony

The seed of this success story was planted at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The company was originally a VUB spin-off specialised in hardware and software capable of recognising and analysing movements in 3D. The electronics giant Sony bought the Belgian company in early 2016.

Hand gesture control

In automotive, this 3D Time of Flight (ToF) vision technology is used to control the infotainment system with hand gestures. The vehicle uses personal recognition to adjust optimally to the driver and his/her behaviour.

This video shows you how the technology works.

“Just the beginning”

“SoftKinetic is proud to expand our technology partnership with BMW Group to include both the BMW 7 and BMW 5 series cars,” said Eric Krzeslo, CMO of SoftKinetic. “The infotainment gesture control we see in the BMW cars is just the beginning of the innovation we are bringing to the automotive market.”

“Our technology can improve driver safety through driver assistance and monitoring and 3D vision cameras that ascertain the environment in and out of the vehicle at all times, paving the way towards the fully autonomous vehicle.”

Safe driving mechanics

In recent months, automotive manufacturers have been drawn toward 3D gesture recognition capabilities for the driver.
SoftKinetic’s technology has been used to give drivers the ability to navigate the in-vehicle infotainment system using simple, predetermined gestures that promote ease-of-use and safe driving mechanics.

Follow this link for the press release: SoftKinetic’s Gesture Control Technology Rolls Out in Additional Car Model.