BMW introduces a futuristic color changing ix flow car.
The German car maker said the innovations “combine creativity and digitisation to produce great moments for the driver and passengers.” The firm also revealed the BMW iX M60, a 620hp range-topping EV from its M performance division.
The changing color can make the car more efficient by taking into account light and dark colors in relation to reflecting sunlight and the absorption of thermal energy.
The color changes are made possible by a specially developed body wrap tailored precisely to the contours of the iX Flow. When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology – similar to that used in Kindle e-readers – brings different color pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired color.
There are millions of paint capsules in the custom wrap, with a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair. Each of these microcapsules contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. Depending on the chosen setting, stimulation by means of an electrical field causes either the white or the black pigments to collect at the surface of the microcapsule, giving the car the desired shade.
Achieving this involves using many precisely fitted electronic paper segments, which are designed to reflect the contours of the vehicle and variations in light and shadow.
After the segments are applied and the power supply for stimulating the electrical field is connected, the entire body is warmed and sealed to guarantee optimum and uniform color reproduction during every color change, said BMW.
It includes a 31-inch panorama display in 32:9 format with smart TV functions and a resolution of up to 8K. The screen comes down from the vehicle’s headliner to display in the rear row.