Google push for in-car gesture control uses wearable nano-chips

Bloomberg reports Google and Infineon Technologies are developing the nano-chips that will even recognise individuals.

Infineon,  Germany’s biggest chipmaker, has developed the radar sensor semiconductor and is working with Google to integrate the device in applications including for automotive safety. Google is seeking to start using hand motions of only a few millimetres to operate devices like smart watches and computers.

“The chip detects motions, recognises people and is so small it could be used in applications enabling the Internet of things, in watches, in wearables like fitness wristbands or in driver-assistance systems,” Bernd Hops, a spokesman for Infineon. “We are contributing the hardware, and Google its unique expertise on applications and user-experience interface.”

Google showed the technology at a developer conference last week in San Francisco and aims to find new ways for people to interact with technology.

The company is seeking to boost cooperation with carmakers, with several models integrating Google’s Android Auto infotainment system. BMW plans to equip its revamped 7-Series saloon, due to go on sale in September with infotainment features controlled by hand gestures.

Google’s deepening push into the car industry is meeting growing opposition in Germany, where lawmakers are backing the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz as they seek to limit the software company’s access to car management technology.

Hops said Infineon’s cooperation with Google is open-ended and is based on technology already used in automotive safety.

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