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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)

A show car developed by Brose for the Frankfurt auto show.

FRANKFURT -- Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.

At the Frankfurt auto show, German components maker Brose showed off its latest innovations -- among them, a rear door that can be opened automatically and a gas tank door that can be opened with a simple gesture.

The rear door uses electronics similar to those found in automatic liftgates, something the company makes, along with mechanical and electrical components for seats and doors.

Brose sees a touch-free door as a comfort feature. When dropping off the kids at school, there’s no more running around to make sure the door is closed securely.

The same idea inspired the gas tank door, which slides open with just a wave of the hand. Brose sees it as a possible feature for future electrified vehicles and luxury cars.

“A mere movement of the hands will suffice in the future to open the tank lid or engine hood touch-free,” the company said. “The advantage: Your hands stay clean.”

You can reach Neal E. Boudette at NBoudette@crain.com -- Follow Neal E. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nealboudette

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