A BMW that changes color, the ultimate in luxury vehicles
The Consumer Electric Show (CES) 2022, held in Las Vegas, has left some of the most surprising technological innovations of the moment, an event that has not missed the main companies in the automotive sector to present their most futuristic concepts. In this framework, BMW has been one of the great protagonists thanks to a paint that allows you to change, in just a few seconds, the color of the body of a vehicle.
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Is about a thin layer of electronic ink similar to the one used in e-books. known as E Ink, this layer is the thickness of a human hair, but it contains millions of microcapsules that have negatively charged white pigments inside
and black pigments with a positive charge that, when stimulated through electrical signals, bring different shades to the surface. Thus, in the video that has circulated on social networks, you can see that with the push of a button the car goes from gray to white and can even draw a gradient. Although the current version can only switch between a couple of colors the palette could be expanded in the future offering endless possibilities.
Personalization is one of the key factors in this sector that increasingly points to exclusivity as the main claim. In this context, Stella Clarke, project manager for the BMW iX Flow with e-Ink explained that “this option gives the driver the freedom to express different facets of their personality or even their enjoyment of the change to the outside, and redefine it every time they sit in their car. Similar to fashion or state-of-the-art ads social media channels, the vehicle then becomes an expression of different moods and circumstances in daily life”.
In addition, this new system could also, as explained by the firm, provide basic information to the driver, such as battery status, as well as offer a functional benefit. In this sense, the color change can influence the reflection of sunlight and, therefore, impact on the thermal properties of the vehicle.
The model chosen by the German company to show this technology is el BMW iX –to which they have added the Flow finish–, an electric SUV that provides an autonomy of up to 630 kilometers and whose price starts from 87,150 euros, a figure that would surely increase if it could be configured with this technology. For the moment It is a concept under development., but which, without a doubt, marks the way forward in terms of high-end vehicle customization.
BMW bets on cinema interiors
BMW has also shown in these days a new entertainment system on board, baptized as Theatre Screen, that promises to offer an authentic cinema experience to its owners. Is about a 31-inch screen that hangs from the ceiling and covers the back of the front seats and offers an 8K resolution, touch interaction technology, a 4D sound system and the Amazon Fire TV system.