Orders are in for the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV and drivers are waiting patiently to hear when they will be available. In the meantime, we’re enjoying learning more about this one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Sources are saying that the Hummer EV will use Fortnite’s gaming platform: Epic’s Unreal Engine. Where would a Hummer EV use a gaming platform?
“Epic Games’ Unreal Engine will power the electric truck’s infotainment with its newly revealed human-machine interface.” – CNET.co/RoadShow.
So, now we know there is a lot more behind the gaming industry than a bunch of X-Gens wearing their hats backwards and yelling, “Epic!” occasionally. Gaming is big business with a ‘B’ as in billions. It makes perfect sense that this type of technology finds its way into automobiles.
What we know is that Epic announced that the new Hummer EV will be the first vehicle to use its Human-Machine-Interface, (HMI). HMI, that’s right, initialism strikes again but get used to it because this is where the future will take us. We have traveled from Pong and Centipede to HMI in a Hummer EV. Cool.
An interface based upon the Unreal Engine will directly power the Hummer EV’s digital cockpit. In addition, the new HMI supports the Qualcom Snapdragon automotive platform, but Epic Games is actively working to integrate Blackberry QNX and Mapbox for even greater support. I have no idea what I just said so, I went to the Blackberry website. It is safe to say that QNX is in the realm of autonomous vehicles. Think in terms of how the HMI will know where you are in relationship to other vehicles and obstacles.
You should know what Epic said so here it is, “… the HMI is incredibly design driven and provides an incredible amount of flexibility for automakers, and even future owners… drivers can use downloadable content to totally change the interfaces and customize a digital cockpit to their liking.”
The Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. Continuously evolving to serve not only its original purpose as a state-of-the-art game engine. Creators across industry platforms can deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences and immersive virtual worlds.
Connectivity is about to take a giant leap. When planning a trip, a navigation function that could construct a virtual world would be interesting. Especially, if trip related industries could interject opportunities along the way. Okay, I just was thinking aloud but let your imagination run with this and all vehicles may be Humming a different tune.