An interesting car project was presented by BMW at CES 2022. It is the BMW iX Flow, a vehicle that can change its appearance digitally.
The body of this car is laminated with a film that uses a technology similar to that of electronic paper screens, allowing you to change the color of the car with the push of a button.
BMW’s color-changing car unveiled at CES 2022
The BMW iX Flow is a pioneering project in its area, concretely presenting for the first time the possibility of customizing a car in such a radical way.
The covering of the body of the car has an electrophoretic film that contains microcapsules the diameter of a human hair, according to report the same German company. Each capsule contains white, black or different colored particles, which become visible when a discharge of energy is applied to them. This gives rise to what is known as an electronic paper screen, a technology known today mainly thanks to electronic book readers.
During your recent presentation at CES 2022, BMW referred to this project Stella Clarke, project leader BMW iX Flow with electronic ink. During the video demonstration of the technology, he said it will allow drivers the opportunity to better personalize their vehicle. «You choose the clothes you wear. You choose your social media status. And you can choose the color of your car »he commented.
“In the future, digital experiences will not only take place on screens. The real and the virtual will merge more and more »Frank Weber, a member of the board of directors of BMW AG, commented in a release. “With the BMW iX Flow, we are bringing the car body to life”added.
Outside of the aesthetic purposes with which this feature can be used, to align with certain moods, specific seasons or special events, it can also be useful for other cases, such as locating the car in the middle of a full parking lot, for example .
The start-up time for this technology is uncertain, as BMW has not yet spoken of specific deadlines. However, beyond the audiovisual introduction made, the presence of a prototype at CES this year is a valuable precedent to foresee that we will hear news about this initiative again later, no matter how long it takes.
Presented crossover Ford Territory
Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.
The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.
In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.
All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.
The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.
Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.
Many companies have been developing flying taxis in recent years. They are often battery powered and fly by an electric motor, as this reduces noise, eliminates harmful emissions and greatly simplifies the maintenance of engines and transmissions.
Now Vertical Aerospace has tested its version of the air taxi. The engineers were so confident in the design that the first test flight took place in manned mode. During it, the prototype only slightly lifted off the ground, and therefore the company did not publish a video. The VX4 eVTOL is a tiltrotor – that is, it takes off vertically like a helicopter, after which it turns the propellers and continues to fly like an airplane.
In total, 8 propellers are installed on the experimental tiltrotor, of which 4 are used only during takeoff and landing and are folded in cruising mode. Vertical Aerospace claims a top speed of 325 km/h and a range of over 161 km. Thus, the tiltrotor will not only be able to fly around the city, but also allow you to travel in a small region, and is also capable of performing some light regional duties. The developer claims to have received more than 1,400 conditional pre-orders from a range of airlines, tour groups and other operators. This is a lot: for comparison, only about 1,000 civilian helicopters are produced per year.
BMW XM supercrossover unveiled – the first ever M-hybrid
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMW M division, the German manufacturer has unveiled the new BMW XM hybrid super-crossover. This is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid with the M prefix.
The new BMW XM is built on a hybrid platform, which consists of a 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with 489 hp. with 650 Nm of torque and a 196 hp electric motor. The car received an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission.
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 250 or 270 km / h, depending on the configuration. The battery with a capacity of 25.7 kWh allows the crossover to drive on pure electricity up to 88 km.
The BMW XM is a full-size luxury crossover with a length of 5.1 meters and a wheelbase similar to the BMW X7 (3.1 mm). In the exterior of the new model, the emphasis is on golden details: rims, glass edges, grille trim and other body elements.
The interior of the car has a five-seater configuration (2 + 3). The BMW M multifunctional seats are upholstered in real leather and feature ambient lighting. A total of four trim options will be offered to choose from.
Production of the BMW XM will start in December this year, and in the spring of 2023 it will be available from dealers around the world. The main markets for new items will be the United States, China and the Middle East.
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