Ever sit in a car with a black interior and wish you could change it to, say, a beige one to better suit your mood that day? Or one with a red interior that's just too garish for your tastes? Well Johnson Controls might have the answer.

According to the latest report from Automotive News, the American component manufacturer is working to develop interior surfaces that could actually change colors according to the driver's specifications – taking the idea of adjustable ambient lighting to new levels.

The project is being undertaken through a new $7.5 billion joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems at three R&D centers in Germany, Shanghai and Michigan. Though the idea of color-changing interior panels is still in the concept phase, it's being envisioned – alongside stronger odor filters – particularly for car-sharing programs that could better manage the rotation from one driver to the next.


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      Wills
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm okay with this. To those who say it's unnecessary, so is a 700 horsepower dodge, that doesn't mean it's not cool. 

      FallingTitan
      • 4 Months Ago

      Rice for Ricers

      Cool people
      • 4 Months Ago

      Why would we care if the interior light changed colors?

      Keep price down FoMO.

      Brian Regan
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm glad we're focusing on the important things.  

      yo
      • 4 Months Ago

      FINALLY!!!!! An interior design that is exciting to me and the millions of people under 40!!!!!  make this happen!!!

      Zach Roether
      • 4 Months Ago

      Because this is what the world really needs?  Why don't we allocate that money and those engineers and put them to work doing something that might actually help the planet.  

        Jarda
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Zach Roether

        Because those are not your money. You don't command those engineers. You don't get to decide what is best to do.

        How do computer games help the planet? How does your gf's make-up help the planet?

        Narom
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Zach Roether

        Why dont you allocate your money to charity and not paying for the internet? That might actually help the planet.

      The Wasp
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Ford Focus had color-changed LED lighting under the dash years ago.

      ghettoguru
      • 4 Months Ago

      Actually pretty cool. 
      This is something standard on the S-class/CL which are some of those cars paving the way for other cars in the future anyways.

      Len Simpson
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Johnson Controls idea bank is overdrawn.

      Tahoe
      • 4 Months Ago

      Marketing is obviously telling them that this is what some people want. Personally I think most of the auto industry is somewhat lost when it comes to design. I feel they need to get back to classic designs, with well thought out color combinations and materials, along with continued safety and technological advances. Stuff like this will sell cars to many people, and you'll see it at SEMA along with other over the top (crap) designs. Not that this is bad, because it does start a process of evolution to make it better. I guess I'm from the school of KISS and less is better.

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