Volvo car The US has announced a partnership with a software company Epic Games To bring photorealistic visualization technology to its next generation electric vehicles (EVs).
Using epic games Unreal engineThe future EV of the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker will have an infotainment display with “sharp rendering, rich colors and brand new 3D animation”.
Epic Games is the developer behind Fortnight, the hugely popular online battle royal game.
The Unreal Engine will combine the computing power of the third-generation Snapdragon cockpit platform “to set a new standard in graphics and infotainment system performance”.
Volvo claims to be the first European automaker to use an unrealistic engine to develop the Human Machine Interface (HMI), another term for instrument cluster and infotainment screen layouts.
Another automaker hired by the company to work on its display content is GMC with its Hummer EV.
Companies will primarily focus on creating display content for digital instrument clusters before creating branches in central infotainment displays.
Combining the unreal engine with the computing power of the third-generation Snapdragon cockpit platform, Volvo claims that its next-generation infotainment system will be twice as fast as its predecessor, with graphics creation and 10 times faster processing.
Volvo aims to introduce these new infotainment graphics in its “new, all-electric flagship model” which it plans to release after 2022. It is expected to be the successor to the upcoming Volvo XC90 SUV
In the future, the Swedish automaker aims to use potentially unrealistic engines in other areas of its EV.
By the middle of the decade, Volvo expects to develop half of all software inside its car.
Henrik Green, Chief Product Officer at Volvo Cars, said: “In order to provide our customers with the best possible user experience and contribute to a safe and personal drive, we need rich, immersive and responsive visualization in our vehicles.”
“Running unrealistic engines in our cars enables it and makes spending time inside the Volvo more enjoyable.”
As previously detailed, Volvo plans to be all-electric by 2030 and will only sell its EVs online. Local hands have also come down this path.
Volvo’s first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge, went on sale locally in late 2021, with the C40 recharge coupe SUV reaching the third quarter of 2022.
An earlier report had suggested that Volvo was preparing to launch an electric sedan, two EV crossovers and two “wagon-like EVs”.