General Motors will reveal its GMC HUMMER EV on October 20, during the World Series in the U.S. It will be the first vehicle to feature a new human machine interface (HMI) that enables the creation of automotive infotainment and digital cockpit experiences, created by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite.
The new HMI initiative utilises its Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation.
Epic says it will be rolling out more HMI-specific features in Unreal Engine in the coming months and throughout 2021.
Scott Martin, Creative Director of User Interface Design at GM, says: “The use of Unreal Engine in the GMC HUMMER EV will provide richer graphics than ever before, celebrating the vehicle and its customers. We’re ecstatic to be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine in our cockpit and look forward to sharing more details upon the vehicle’s reveal on October 20.”
François Antoine, Director of HMI and Embedded Systems, Epic Games, adds: “As we move towards level five vehicle autonomy, in-car infotainment systems will become more and more relevant to influencing consumer purchase decisions, and Unreal Engine will bring new levels of flexibility, interactivity and visual fidelity to these next generation systems.”
Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney in 1991. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has more than 40 offices worldwide. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections.