GMC Hummer EV infotainment built with Unreal Engine used by 'Fortnite' and 'Rocket League'
We are only a few weeks away from the unveiling of the GMC Hummer EV Truck and SUV. And we expect a lot of bragging rights with impressive capabilities and unique features. What we didn't expect was that the infotainment system would be based on a video game engine. This is the news from Epic Games, the developers of Unreal Engine, the foundation of Hummer's infotainment system.
If you've been an avid video gamer for the past 20 years, Unreal Engine should be recognizable. The first version of it delivered Epic's "Unreal" and "Unreal Tournament" games, and newer versions enabled multiplayer hits like "Fortnite" by Epic and "Rocket League" by Psyonix. The engine has been licensed to countless other game developers for titles from both indie developers and major game companies. However, the use in the GMC Hummer is the first time that the infotainment system of a production car is supplied with power.
Epic didn't say which version of Unreal Engine is used in the Hummer. Presumably it is a version of Unreal Engine 4 as Unreal Engine 5 has not yet been released. While Epic posted a trailer announcing the partnership and showcasing Unreal's 3D rendering and menu development tools, there's no glimpse into the Hummer's infotainment and instruments. The company touts fast startup times, powerful graphics, and wireless updates as useful features of Unreal. But to get a clear view of the final product, we'll have to wait for the reveal on October 20th.
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