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Volkswagen praises the power of touch in its CES 2015 press conference (pictures)

The company shows off its Golf R Touch, which incorporates not just touchscreens but gesture controls.

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Under wraps

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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Multifinger sensing

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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Three displays

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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Shiny

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

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Gesture controls

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

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Customizable

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

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Livestreamin'

A shot of the event being recorded. Just because.

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