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Tuesday January 31, 2023

BMW unveils car that can change colour

BMW i Vision Dee is just an idea for now but it is supposed to shape design of future cars from luxury manufacturer

By AFP
January 05, 2023
BMWs new i Vision Dee car can change colours on demand.— AFP/file
BMW's new i Vision Dee car can change colours on demand.— AFP/file

LAS VEGAS: BMW unveiled Wednesday the prototype of a car that can change colour and showcases digital features like projecting driving data across the inside of the windshield.

This car, called i Vision Dee, was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at an event attended by "Terminator" actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with BMW boss Oliver Zipse at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.— AFP
Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with BMW boss Oliver Zipse at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.— AFP

BMW unveiled last year at this same show a car that could change hue but only from white to black and grey in between.

But the body of the new car can change in a rainbow of colours, in one solid hue or in stripes or checks.

BMW i Vision Dee is just an idea for now but it is supposed to shape the design of future cars from the luxury manufacturer.

For example, having driving data such as speed or direction flash on the windshield is scheduled to be an option as of 2025.

BMW has also raised the possibility of projecting augmented reality images on the windshield and turn it into a full-fledged screen with technology that mixes "real and virtual worlds."

The idea is to use software to create "the ultimate companion" offering a personalised driving experience, BMW chief Oliver Zipse said. The name Dee is an acronym for digital emotional experience.

Schwarzenegger joked about a prototype brimming with all this new technology.

"I was a little concerned because, in most of my movies, the machine was the enemy. Now they are the allies," he said.