Soon, drivers will be able to change the exterior colors of their cars by simply pressing a button.
This year's CES conference has already given us a glimpse at many fantastic inventions that will soon become available, from new GPUs by NVIDIA and Intel to upcoming VR headsets by Sony and Panasonic, but this particular thing, unveiled at CES 2022 by a car-manufacturer BMW, is something completely different. During the conference, the automaker has shown BMW iX Flow, a car that can change its exterior color by simply pressing a button.
The technique relies on the usage of E Ink's electronic paper technology which is used in e-readers, and doesn’t use any energy after you’ve set up your preferred color and design. Right now, the car offers few color possibilities – black, white, and a few shades of gray, but BMW plans to expand on this technology in the future, adding more colors.
“A white surface reflects a lot more sunlight than a black one,” comments BMW on the practicality of the technology. “By implication, heating of the vehicle and passenger compartment as a result of strong sunlight and high outside temperatures can be reduced by changing the exterior to a light color.”