The way we interact with our car has changed dramatically in the last decade, knobs and buttons have been disappearing to make way for screens.
First in the central part of the dash, then through the Head Up Display and more recently in the instrument cluster. The screens took over the interior of the cars and the trend is that they continue to grow.
The arrival of sensors, cameras and electrification in cars has been the spearhead in the rapid evolution of graphical interfaces. And as autonomous driving develops, the interface of cars will focus more on entertainment or work aspects, opening up gigantic development potential.
What’s going on?
Epic Games announced that the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup will be the first vehicle to use the Unreal Engine, technological platform on which a large number of video games are created such as: Fortnite, Gears of War, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Dragon Ball FighterZ and a long etc.
The initiative to create car software within Epic, using the Unreal Engine, is called HMI (Human Machine Interface).
What does it mean for utos to use Unreal Engine?
- Developing on the Unreal Engine is faster, and designers could iterate the software without having to accommodate car product lifecycles, which are too long compared to software lifecycles.
- Infotainment systems will be much faster, since the Unreal Engine allows the software to be loaded sequentially, which means that portions of it that will not be used when starting the system can be loaded later.
- Because Unreal Engine is designed to create realistic images on the computer, renders of the car, its components and interiors can be displayed with a graphic quality far superior to what is used today.
- There is the potential that drivers can customize their vehicle graphics or personal assistant voice, according to their favorite video game or character.
About the GMC Hummer EV
- The return of Hummer, as a 100% electric pickup and under the umbrella of the GMC brand, specialized in SUVs and pickups is planned for next October 20.
- It is known to deliver up to 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 pound-feet of torque, and acceleration from 0 – 60 mph (96 km / h) in three seconds.
- It will also be one of the first vehicles to reach the market using the new technology of Ultium batteries developed by General Motors, which promises higher density and less loading times.
- It will be General Motors’ answer to the Tesla Cybetruck Y Rivian R1T