Volvo is partnering with Fortnite developer Epic Games to provide a more realistic in-car display experience.
Volvo It has just started with Epic Games, the maker of the Unreal Engine game engine, and well-known Games such as Fortnite to bring the company's advanced rendering technologies to realistic graphics to displays. Bring in the car. Volvo's future electric flagship, scheduled for launch later this year, will be the first product to benefit from this partnership.
This announcement may seem odd. Because while automakers like to promote improved speed and ease of use of their latest UIs, Unreal Engine is increasingly being used to deliver "sharper renderings, richer colors and brand new 3D animations." In the midst of all the technological fuss that modern cars create for their owners, no one has ever complained about the vague colors on the screen!
In fact, Volvo in its press release announcing this partnership looks less like The carmaker looks more like a game startup. Apparently, these visual benefits are just the beginning, and Volvo developers are continuing their graphic efforts. At the same time, the Swedish brand has promised that none of these visual innovations will end at the cost of losing the company's historic commitment to safety, stressing that "removing the driver the wrong way" is unacceptable.
Every modern car with driver assistance features tries to model a general and symbolic re-creation of the road ahead so that the driver Awareness of obstacles observed by sensors and cameras. This is important because in the real and unpredictable world where cars can drive a little on their own, it is not only important for your car to see a tree on the road, for example, but it is also important for you to know that the car sees a tree on the road.
Anything that speeds up the process of presenting the detected items to the screen will be useful, and Epic Games may be developing something in Unreal Engine 5 or any version of it. Make it easier. Given the video released by Epic Games detailing how Volvo plans to use the technology, it seems that this may be somewhat ambitious.
Beyond that, however, it should be A more realistic graphic view of how it changes Volvo's driving experience, or how it will be significantly differentiated from, for example, "Rivians" whose trucks use Unreal Engines.
Perhaps the digital model The C40 Recharge, which is seen on the center display while sitting in the car, uses physical event-based beam rendering and tracking to look very close to reality. For example, if you open the back of this crossover, the door located on the model inside the display may also open. Just as a display light on a toolbox can do, but it will definitely be more beautiful. They need a lot of time and money. It's not clear which version of Unreal the car is going to use, but the latest version released by Epic Games is too heavy, even for high-end gaming PCs. But at the same time, given that some manufacturers are looking to embed powerful GPUs in their cars, so it may not be a problem in terms of computing power.
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Photos: Digital experiences in Volvo cars