Unreal Engine 5 is coming to Volvo cars

Unreal Engine 5 is coming to Volvo cars
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from Claus Ludewig
The Unreal Engine 5 will not only soon power a new The Witcher, but will also be used by Volvo. The Swedish car manufacturer announced together with Epic Games that the first vehicle will use the new engine later this year.

The Unreal Engine 5 from Epic Games has been officially ready since May. For example, there will be a new The Witcher based on this engine. Developers can download the graphics engine free of charge. Depending on the sales figures for the respective game, Epic Games must then be rewarded with a five percent revenue share. Alternatively, there is the option of agreeing an individual license agreement with Epic Games. As Epic Games and the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars have now announced, the new Unreal Engine 5 will be used in new vehicles from the manufacturer later this year.

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Volvo Cars has been using Google’s Android Automotive OS since 2020. Google Maps takes over the navigation and anyone who wants to can download customized Android apps from the Play Store and use Spotify in the Volvo, for example. No connection to the smartphone is necessary here, as all data traffic runs via the permanently installed eSIM card. After a test phase lasting several years, the Volvo owner can buy paid data volume in order to be able to continue using the apps to their full extent. In order to enable video games in cars in the future, Volvo will offer the Unreal Engine 5 in new cars. Later this year, the automaker, which belongs to the Chinese group Geely, intends to present a new vehicle that has an infotainment system based on Unreal Engine 5 directly.

According to Heiko Wenczel, Director of Automotive & HMI at Epic Games, the new graphics engine should enable graphics to be displayed in real time, creating completely new entertainment options in the car. Volvo uses the third generation of the Snapdragon cockpit platform from the US manufacturer Qualcomm, which succeeds the Snapdragon 820A. The third iteration of the Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platform was presented for the first time in 2019. An optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is used, with eight Kyro 485 cores being used. An Adreno 640 is installed as the GPU. According to the current state of the art, UE5 will only be available in new Volvos and not as an update for existing vehicles. In addition to Volvo Cars, BMW and VW also use Qualcomm SoCs in their connected cars, while Mercedes-Benz relies on Nvidia and Tesla uses AMD Ryzen. Volvo is the first European automaker to use Unreal Engine 5 in cars. At General Motors, the Unreal Engine 4 is used in the Hummer EV electric car, for example.

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Collection on the use of the Unreal Engine 5 at Volvo:

  • As Volvo and Epic Games explain, a car will be launched later this year that uses the Unreal Engine 5 in the infotainment system.
  • Volvo uses the third generation of the Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platform as hardware, which relies on an optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 as GPU.
  • The Qualcomm SoC drives the infotainment system with Google’s Android Automotive OS. Unreal Engine 5 can be used for apps, games and real-time graphics.
  • However, Volvo that has already been delivered will probably not receive an update to the Unreal Engine 5.

Sources: Volvo, Qualcomm, Unreal Engine

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