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Credit: YouTube.

Credit: YouTube.

There’s no end to the technical wizardry on the near-horizon for new cars.

Toyota’s U.S. division head, Jim Lentz, announced that the company is working on gesture control for certain functions in the vehicle. Make a motion with your hand and you can adjust the volume of the radio, for instance.

Hopefully the system won’t misread your hand movement when you give in to road rage, if you know what we mean.

Believe it or not the engineers are currently testing this technology on a skateboard!

However, they’ve also have been developing an Insect, Smart Insect, that is, with on-board motion sensors.

It’s all pretty trick.

Get the details on the wave-of-a-hand ride from The Wall Street Journal below:

Future Driving: Controlling a Car with a Wave of the Hand?

Photo courtesy of Boosted Boards.

You might see this electric vehicle in the X Games someday.

Well, you already see its manual version in the annual competition — the skateboard!

The folks at Boosted Boards have created what they’re calling “the lightest electric vehicle that’s ever been made.” It’s a longboard that’s designed to carry you the “last mile” of your commute. The prototype probably weighs less than your dumbbell and even climbs steep hills.

But don’t try any tricks; you might break the expensive motor.

“The last mile of transportation is this huge problem that hasn’t been solved yet,” the small company’s co-founder Sanjay Dastoor says in a YouTube video that promos the contraption (check it out below). “Once you get off of a public transit system, whether it’s a bus or a train or anything else, how do you get along that last mile to your destination? What Boosted Boards does is gives you a really portable vehicle that you can use in conjunction with public transit.”

The tiny board’s throttle and braking are all controlled by a small hand-held remote that users wear on their thumb — and the vehicle’s brakes are “regenerative,” meaning they charge the battery a little bit every time you stop.

Don’t hang up your walking shoes just yet! Right now, the company is still just working on prototypes, which weigh something in the area of 12-15 pounds.

Check out full coverage on the little electric longboard that could from here.

And check out the hot YouTube promo video below: