Under wraps

Multifinger sensing

Three displays

Shiny

Gesture controls

Customizable

Livestreamin'

In one of the shortest CES press conferences of my career, Volkswagen showed how it perceives "cars and computers are merging" with an emphasis on interfaces adapted from the consumer electronics industry. These include better smartphone integration, via App Connect,  to support Androidauto and Apple Carplay, and touchscreens for "more intuitive car operation."

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The control screens in the Golf R Touch recognize multitouch. They provide haptic feedback so that, presumably, you're less likely to look down and get distracted while operating them.

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The Golf R Touch has three displays: a 12.8-inch main screen, an 8-inch control-center screen and a 12.3-inch display that replaces the typical cluster.

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The Golf R Touch looks the same as the Golf R on the outside.

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A sensor in the roof of the car uses proximity detection to translate gestures into touch commands.

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You can change the background of  the control-center screen as well as change the tiled layout.

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A shot of the event being recorded. Just because.

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