World's first colour-changing car unveiled

World's first colour-changing car unveiled

A BMW iX Flow with color-shifting material on display at CES 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. (Photo: Reuters)
A BMW iX Flow with color-shifting material on display at CES 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. (Photo: Reuters)

LAS VEGAS: German carmaker BMW has unveiled the world's first "colour-changing" car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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

"This is really energy efficient colour change using the technology E Ink," said BMW research engineer Stella Clarke. "So we took this material - it's kind of a thick paper - and our challenge was to get this on a 3D object like our cars."

When stimulated by electrical signals controlled by a phone app, the material brings different pigments to the surface, causing the car to take on a different shade or design, such as racing stripes. In the future, the changes would also be controlled by a button on the car's dashboard or perhaps even by hand gestures, Clarke said.

No energy is needed to maintain the colour the driver selects, according to BMW.

"My favourite use case is the use of colour to influence sunlight reflections," said Clarke. "On a hot, sunny day like today, you could switch the colour white to reflect sunlight. On a cold day, you could switch it black to absorb the heat."

Though the vehicle displayed at CES could only alternate between gray and white, the technology will be expanded to cover a spectrum of colour, according to BMW. 

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (15)

Malaysia floods caused nearly $1.5 bln in losses

KUALA LUMPUR: Floods that had devastated much of Malaysia in recent weeks have caused an estimated 6.1 billion ringgit (US$1.46 billion) in overall losses, a government report said on Friday.

13:00

Border patrol seizes meth, ketamine after clash with smugglers

CHIANG MAI: A border patrol seized more than 4 million methamphetamine pills, 26 kilogrammes of ketamine and an improvised grenade abandoned by smugglers as they fled following a brief clash in Mae Ai district on Thursday.

12:45

Navy sailor who said he had bomb at airport will be disciplined

A navy officer seen on video falsely intimating he had a bomb in his bag ahead of boarding a flight at Hat Yai airport will be investigated and disciplined, the Royal Thai Navy spokesman said on Friday.

11:34