Courtesy of the Mad Rocket Scientist, we learn of BMW's new concept car: the GINA.
According to Winding Road magazine:
The GINA concept has done away with the traditional rigid metal skin, making use of a spaceframe covered with a collection of metal and carbon fiber wires, in turn covered with a taut textile fabric cover. Those wires are able to move and change shape under the skin of the car, allowing for a multitude of morphing shapes. The concept’s most dramatic applications seem to be in the human eye-like way the headlights are revealed, and the equally living manner in which engine access is granted.
There's a video on YouTube giving more details. I have to admit, watching it is almost creepy, seeing a car change shape in seconds - even appear to wink at you!
As the Mad Rocket Scientist asks in conclusion: "But would you wash it often, or just Scotch-Guard it every few years?"