A new patent application by Google reveals that the company is working on motion-based in-car controls.
The California tech giant has apparently filed a patent application for a system that would allow drivers to control their cars through hand motions. Using a ceiling-mounted depth camera and a laser scanner, the user can trigger actions within the car. For example, swiping your hand near the window could roll it down.
There’s no guarantee that the system will ever make it into a mass market vehicle. Authorities in the U.K. banned drivers from using Google Glass even though the product isn’t commercially available. But the application was filed the day after Google acquired a motion control company, so there’s a chance this could be folded into the futuristic Google car.