Volvo will use Epic Games technology for a next-generation human-machine interface

The first car to feature the new graphics is the new all-electric flagship model that Volvo Cars will unveil later this year. This model is the first of a new generation of fully electric Volvo cars, as it aims to sell only purely electric cars by 2030.

In a very interesting case of merging car engines and game engines, Volvo Cars has teamed up with Epic Games to bring photorealistic visualization inside its upcoming electric cars. As part of this collaboration, Volvo will use and draw inspiration from Epic’s Unreal Engine game to create high-quality graphics inside the cabin.

Epic Games is a leading entertainment and interactive software company, known for creating the very famous PC game called Fortnite. He also developed Unreal Engine 5 which was launched this year as a real-time 3D authoring tool for games and other industries.

Once everything goes according to plan, the next generation of Volvo cars will deliver impressive, high-quality graphics on those screens. Much sharper renderings, richer colors and all new 3D animations.

The first car to feature the new graphics is the new all-electric flagship model that Volvo Cars will unveil later this year. This model is the first of a new generation of fully electric Volvo cars, as it aims to sell only purely electric cars by 2030.

Volvo Cars is the first European car manufacturer to use the Unreal Engine for human-machine interface (HMI) development. Specifically, it will initially focus on the Driver Information Module (DIM), one of the displays inside the cabin that provides the driver with relevant information and infotainment features.

“To provide our customers with the best possible user experience and contribute to safe and personal driving, we need rich, immersive and responsive visualization inside our cars,” said Henrik Green, Chief Product Officer at Volvo Cars. “Running Unreal Engine in our cars enables that and makes spending time inside a Volvo even more enjoyable.”

By combining the Unreal Engine with the high-performance computing power of third-generation Snapdragon® cockpit platforms, the next generation of Volvo cars will set a new standard in graphics and infotainment system performance.

As a result, Volvo Cars’ next-generation infotainment system will be more than twice as fast as its predecessor, while in-cabin graphics generation and processing will be up to ten times faster. .