BMW has unveiled the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink at CES 2022. The model offers the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.
The surface of the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink can vary its shade at the driver’s prompting.
The fluid colour changes are made possible by a specially developed body wrap that is tailored precisely to the contours of the all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle.
When stimulated by electrical signals, the technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration.
BMW says the technology offers new forms of personalisation both on the outside and in the inside of future production vehicles.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design says: “The BMW iX Flow is an advanced research and design project and a great example of the forward thinking that BMW is known for.”
“This gives the driver the freedom to express different facets of their personality or even their enjoyment of change outwardly, and to redefine this each time they sit into their car,” adds Stella Clarke, Head of Project for the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink. “Similar to fashion or the status ads on social media channels, the vehicle then becomes an expression of different moods and circumstances in daily life.”
Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, comments: “Digital experiences won’t just be limited to displays in the future. There will be more and more melding of the real and virtual. With the BMW iX Flow, we are bringing the car body to life.”
BMW says the colouring is based on a technology developed by E Ink that is most well-known from the displays used in eReaders.
The surface coating of the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink contains many millions of microcapsules, 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.