Auto paint that changes color: BMW engineer Stella Clarke shines at CES

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A team of engineers led by an Australian have developed revolutionary technology that could change the way we think about cars forever.

A team of technicians led by an Australian engineer unveiled the world’s first color change technology for cars at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Stella Clarke, born in Sydney, research engineer at BMW, unveiled the concept car “BMW iX Flow” with color changing paint.

The BMW iX electric car is launching technology that could change the look of future vehicles.

The e-ink paint on the iX can appear in black, white, gray, or any combination of these tones, including interesting designs or written messages. Applied to the wheels and body of the car, the paint can change color instantly thanks to electronic controls.

Clarke says that this “gives the driver the freedom to express different facets of his personality”, and that “the vehicle then becomes the expression of different moods and circumstances of everyday life”.

The technology is not ready for mass production.

But BMW is working to make it a reality, and it’s not just about choosing a car color to match your outfit.

“We can display information on the exterior of the car,” Clarke explains.

“We can show you the battery status, we can show you if a carsharing car is free or if it has been cleaned.

“If you’ve lost your car in a parking lot, we can flash it.”

The engineer, who works with other Australians at BMW, such as famous designer Calvin Luk, said the technology could even make the car cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

“By changing the color of a car, we can influence the reflection of sunlight,” she said.

“And thus influence the thermal properties of the car to support our sustainability goals.”


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