WINNER: Rear liftgate opens without a touch
Brose North America Inc.
What: Hands-free liftgate opener
Innovation: Motorists whose hands are full can open the rear liftgate with a kicking motion underneath a sensor in the bumper. The device reads signals from the motorist’s key fob to avoid unwanted entry.
First customer: BMW 5 series, 2011
Web site: brose.com/ww/en/pub/products/vehicle_doors_ and_liftgates/systems_for_liftgates/capacitive_sensors.htm