The German car maker BMW has made history after it unveiled the words first “Colour-Changing” Car at the Consumer Electronic show (CES) in Vegas. The BMW IX Flow, is a concept car that Uses Electronic-Ink technology normally found in E-readers to transform the car’s exterior into a variety of colours in white and gray.
Speaking to reporters at the show, BMW research development engineer, Stella Clarke said “This is the world’s first real colour changing car, there’s been fakes out there, there’s been projection mapping, there’s been lies, but this is really energy efficient colour change, using the technology E-Ink.” She added “My favorite use case is the use of colour to influence sunlight, so on a hot, sunny day like today, you could switch the colour white to reflect sunlight. On a cold day, you could switch it back to absorb the heat.”
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. Although the vehicle displayed at the CES could only alternate between gray and white, this remains a technological breakthrough. However, the technology will be expanded to cover a spectrum of colour, according to BMW.