Volvo Cars announced a partnership with the US software company Epic game to bring photo-realistic technology to its next generation of electric vehicles (EVs).
Using Epic Games’ Unreal EngineThe Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker’s future EVs will feature an infotainment screen that “displays sharper, richer colors and all-new 3D animations.”
Epic Games is the developer behind the hugely popular online battle royale game, Fortnite.
The Unreal Engine will also be paired with the computing power of the third-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform to “set a new standard in infotainment system graphics and performance.”
Volvo claims to be the first European car manufacturer to use the Unreal Engine to develop its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which is just another term for the instrument cluster layout and infotainment display.
Another automaker that has hired a company to work on its display is GMC with Hummer EV.
Initially, the companies will focus on creating display content for the digital instrument cluster before branching out to the central infotainment screen.
By combining the Unreal Engine with the computing power of the third-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform, Volvo claims its next-generation infotainment system will be twice as fast as its predecessor, with the Create and process graphics 10 times faster.
Volvo aims to introduce these new infotainment graphics in a “new all-electric flagship model” that it plans to reveal by the end of 2022. It’s expected to be the upcoming model. eye Volvo XC90 SUV successor.
In the future, the Swedish carmaker aims to use the Unreal Engine in other areas of its electric vehicles.
By the middle of the decade, Volvo hopes to develop half of the software inside its cars.
“To give our customers the best possible user experience and contribute to safe and personal driving, we needed rich, multifaceted visuals,” said Henrik Green, Product Manager at Volvo Cars. shape and responsiveness inside your car.
“Running the Unreal Engine in our car enables this and makes spending time inside a Volvo even more enjoyable.”
As detailed earlier, Volvo is planning to go fully electric by 2030 and will only sell electric vehicles online. The local branch is also going down this route.
Previous reports also indicated that Volvo is preparing to unveil an electric sedan, two EV crossovers and two “wagon-like EVs.”