Change the color of the car with an app: BMW reveals a color-changing car

A BMW iX Flow with color-changing material will be unveiled at CES 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA January 6, 2022. REUTERS / Steve Marcus

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LAS VEGAS, January 6 (Reuters) – German carmaker BMW has unveiled the world’s first “color-changing” car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The concept car, called the BMW iX Flow, uses electronic ink technology commonly found in e-readers to transform the car’s exterior into a variety of gray and white patterns.

“This is truly energy-efficient color change using E Ink technology,” said BMW research engineer Stella Clarke. “So we took this material – it’s a bit thick paper – and our challenge was to get this on a 3D object like our cars.”

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When stimulated by electrical signals controlled by a telephone app, the material brings different pigments to the surface, which causes the car to have a different shade or design, such as racing stripes.

In the future, the changes will also be controlled by a button on the car’s dashboard or maybe even hand gestures, Clarke said.

No energy is needed to maintain the color the driver chooses, according to BMW.

“My favorite use is the use of color to influence sunlight reflections,” Clarke said. “On a hot, sunny day like today, you can change the color white to reflect sunlight. On a cold day, you can change it black to absorb the heat.”

Although the vehicle shown at CES could only switch between gray and white, the technology will be expanded to cover a range of colors, according to BMW.

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Reporting by Omar Younis; Edited by Karishma Singh and Gerry Doyle

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