In short: Whereas corporations like Qualcomm, Tesla, Ford, or Hyundai are speaking extra about all-electric automobiles and superior self-driving programs—each out and in of CES—BMW’s idea automobile on the occasion this 12 months brings one thing else completely. If its color-changing expertise makes it into actual automobiles, it may have tangible makes use of exterior of simply trying flashy.
BMW and E Ink revealed the BMW iX Circulate idea at CES this week, an SUV lined in E Ink’s Prism ePaper, which lets it change colours. E Ink, an organization specializing in low-power shows and ePaper, developed Prism as a wallpaper of kinds that may be programmed to show various things. BMW says it may improve personalization choices or make the automobile extra noticeable in sure situations (beneath).
The iX Circulate proven at CES can solely change between black and white, however these two colours alone may gain advantage the automobile’s vitality consumption and local weather controls. On sizzling sunny days, the car may flip white to mirror daylight and extra simply keep cool. On chilly days it may flip black to soak up daylight and extra effectively warmth the inside. E Ink does not show any gentle itself—it solely displays ambient gentle—and it solely makes use of vitality when altering colours.
In associated information, Qualcomm confirmed off a digital chassis system at CES and is partnering with BMW to make use of a few of its digital chassis capabilities beginning with 2025 fashions.