BMW's i Vision Dee concept showcased at CES this month featured a color-changing technology that the automaker could offer on its production vehicles.
BMW teased a black-and-white application of E Ink technology, currently found in e-readers, on an iX M60 electric crossover at CES 2022. Electronic ink can digitally change a car's exterior to an array of colors and patterns in seconds — transforming it into a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
The electrophoretic film contains microcapsules that are the diameter of a human hair. When stimulated by electrical signals, the technology brings different color pigments to the surface, causing the wrap to change color.
The company is now considering commercializing the technology developed by MIT-spinoff E Ink Corp. for automotive applications, BMW Project Lead Stella Clarke said.