October 31, 2020

Unreal Engine Powers ‘Fortnite,’ Could Soon Power Electric Vehicle Interface

Unreal Engine, an architecture that’s used to develop and design video games, is now being used to develop electric vehicles.

What Happened: General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) announced it will use the newly created Human Machine Interface program from Epic Games, a Tencent Holdings (Pink: TCEHY) company.

“We have a dedicated team of artists and engineers who have been working to support new features for HMI. We’re thrilled that the GMC Hummer EV will be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine in its digital cockpit,” said Epic Games Director of HMI Francois Antoine. 

Related Link: GM Teases Hummer Electric Pickup, Announces Date For Reservations

Why It’s Important: GM is set to unveil the all-electric Hummer EV truck Oct. 20. 

The HMI program enables the creation of infotainment and digital cockpit systems. THE HMI platform supports the Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) Snapdragon.

Companies can use the HMI program from the prototyping

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Epic Games Introduces Unreal Engine Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Initiative, Alliances and Automoti

Epic Games announced a new HMI initiative to enable the creation of automotive infotainment and digital cockpit experiences. According to the company, General Motors’ not yet revealed GMC HUMMER EV will be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine HMI in its digital cockpit, with more details to come at the car’s October 20th unveiling.

Unreal Engine is designed to provide key features for design driven development. These include support for version control, visual scripting via Blueprints, and direct access to a C++ codebase that enables more functionality to be exposed. Rather than passively producing reference images for engineers to implement, this enables designers to directly collaborate with engineers and actively deploy designs into the vehicle.

Unreal Engine currently supports hardware platforms including the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Platform, Siili Auto’s bespoke infotainment systems, and Vectorform’s digital product and customer experience platform. Support for the QNX Neutrino RTOS, a microkernel real-time

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General Motors finally gets serious about in-car tech, taps the Unreal Engine for next-gen interface

The upcoming GMC Hummer EV will feature a new in-car user interface powered by the Unreal Engine. This powerful platform underpins the latest video games and is well-suited to provide vehicle occupants with a dynamic and robust experience.

Epic Games made the announcement yesterday while unveiling the latest development tools for its human-machine interface program.

Here’s the ugly truth: General Motors’ current crop of in-car user interfaces are among the worst on the market. As one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, it’s surprising, but the infotainment system constantly underwhelms me in Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.

Compared to competitors, GM’s cars’ systems are slow, boring, and lack the advanced features found in competing vehicles.

The Unreal Engine is a powerful platform and should provide GM’s engineers with plenty of space to accommodate the latest features and interfaces car shoppers can find elsewhere.

As Epic Games, the company behind

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Epic Games Introduces Unreal Engine Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Initiative, Alliances and Automotive Development Workflows

CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 7, 2020–

Epic Games today announced a new HMI initiative to enable the creation of automotive infotainment and digital cockpit experiences. Additionally, General Motors’ soon-to-be-revealed GMC HUMMER EV will be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine in its digital cockpit, with more details to come at the car’s October 20 th unveiling. New Unreal Engine alliances with HMI technology leaders including BlackBerry QNX, Mapbox, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Siili Auto and Vectorform are making it easier for automotive companies to work more efficiently when building in-vehicle experiences.

“We have a dedicated team of artists and engineers who have been working to support new features for HMI. We’re thrilled that the GMC HUMMER EV will be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine in its digital cockpit, marking an exciting partnership in building next-generation experiences on embedded systems,” said François Antoine, Director of HMI and Embedded Systems, Epic

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