Mazda’s connected-car system, which has only just become available in the UK on the 3, will sprout additional content this year. Meanwhile, Kia showed concepts for gesture recognition and eye movement tracking.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mazda showed a new concept app, created with OpenCar, which allows greater personalisation, while a new app called Kodo Chronograph allows drivers to check their appointments and weather forecasts and even access a ‘this day in history’ file through the central controller which operates the car’s connectivity features.

Kia revealed concepts for gesture recognition and eye movement tracking at the Consumer Electronics Show. An infra-red camera first registers the driver’s palm, and then finger, rotational and swiping movements give access to a series of menus. The eye tracking system adjusts the 3D instrument display according to the viewing angle.