The South Korean car maker says the technology will be shown to the public by the end of 2017

Ssangyong has designed the world’s first touch-window system, allowing drivers and passengers to open and close a car's windows by touching them.

The brand, owned by Indian automotive giant Mahindra, says the public can expect to see the technology before the end of the year.

The car maker told Autocar that there will be "further procedures" such as verification and market studies to undertake before using the technology in mass-production models, but that it is considering introducing the system into a concept car at a motor show later this year. 

Ssangyong said that this is one of many new technologies under consideration after being suggested by its researchers and employees.

Ssangyong boss Choi Jong-sik said: "The company will continue to develop next-generation products that will meet the needs of its customers while setting a new trend by encouraging creative ideas and innovative research."

While Ssangyong claims this is the first example of such technology, other manufacturers have previously mentioned similar possibilities. Last year, it was reported that Jaguar was working on windows that could be opened and closed by touching the glass, but the car maker did not put any timeframe on when it would make production.

Ssangyong is planning to launch three new models over the next three years, starting with an all-new Rexton large SUV, which rivals the Hyundai Santa Fe. It will also launch electric versions of its model line-up by 2020 and is currently testing an electric Tivoli.

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6 February 2017
What is the advantage of this ??

6 February 2017
So how do you close it when it is all the way down?

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6 February 2017
:-) hilarious Bill!!
This is a classic case of technology answering a question which has never been asked.

6 February 2017
Possibly a few other issues with the cars to work on first? (looks, quality, ride,handling, engines, safety, emissions...)

6 February 2017
So, just like your tablet or touchscreen, lots of sticky finger marks in no time.

6 February 2017
So, just like your tablet or touchscreen, lots of sticky finger marks in no time.

6 February 2017
Fingermarks all over the glass, inability to winddown three of the four windows and even the driver's one completely, what is the benefit?

6 February 2017
No one ever asks for electric windows in the house, or electric seats, or mirrors ...
So why does a car interior have to behave like a gadget and not the living room?

6 February 2017
And why call a car a name that sounds like Rectum? I suppose it's the same person that came up with the name Dacia Dustbin.

6 February 2017
I'm a big fan of tech when it makes sense (I have keyless, adaptive cruise, 360 cameras etc). But I'm trying to think of any situation where this would be better than a switch?!
Wearing gloves = nope. Touching the glass by accident = annoying opening of windows. Windows fully open = need a close switch anyway. In use do you have to hold and touch the glass anyway as it moves down thereby even more awkward. Sorry SSangyong = fail

 

 

 

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