BMW wants to take the HMI to the next leve at CES 2017 (Photo: BMW)

At the 2017 CES, BMW will show a kind of interactive touchscreen that offers a vision of what tomorrow's HMI may look like.

The German premium car maker said the "HoloActive Touch" system consists of a free-floating display that is operated with finger gestures and provides tactile feedback. It is part of BMW's i Inside Future study, which attempts to predict the technologies that will define the connected and autonomous car of the future.

Like many major automakers, BMW plans to use CES, the world's largest consumer technology show, to highlight the intense innovation push that is helping transform the car industry today.

BMW said HoloActive Touch combines its head-up display, gesture control and direct touchscreen systems and adds extra features to create a unique user interface.

"For the first time, the functions can be controlled without any physical contact with materials, but the technology still enables the visible and tangible driver-vehicle interaction familiar from conventional touchscreens," BMW said in a press release.

CES, which takes place in Las Vegas every January, officially opens January 5, but many companies have scheduled press previews on January 4 already.