General Motors has released a short clip previewing the colorful animations that will appear on the driver interface of the GMC Hummer EV pickup.
The clip, which was uploaded to the GMC Instagram page late last week, shows the animations that will pop up on the driver interface cluster of the GMC Hummer EV when the user switches the vehicle’s drive mode.
The animations are intended to evoke the type of driving that will be done in each of the individual drive modes. For example, the ‘Off Road’ mode shows the vehicle driving over a rough and rocky dirt surface, while the ‘Trailering’ mode shows it driving on a smooth, paved road with a trailer in tow. Interestingly, the animation for the everyday ‘Touring’ mode appears to show the vehicle driving on the surface of the moon – falling in line with the lunar theme that appears in some of the vehicle’s interior detailing and certain parts of the driver interface and infotainment screen.
These graphics do look a bit video-game-like, and there’s one very good reason for that. The driver interface and infotainment screen in the GMC Hummer EV will run off of the Unreal Engine – a video game graphics engine that serves as the foundation for some of the most popular titles in the gaming world today. In addition to tapping the Unreal Engine, GM also hired an innovation consultancy and design firm called Perception to design the vehicle’s interface graphics. Perception, which has helped conceptualize futuristic settings and sequences for Marvel films, designed and animated the user experience and user interface for the GMC Hummer EV infotainment system and instrument cluster, giving it the high-end and graphically intensive appearance we see here.
“Revolutionary off-road and on-screen. The GMC Hummer EV driver interface animations are as incredible as the places it will take you,” the automaker says of the high-quality animations.
Check out the video embedded below before the GMC Hummer EV First Edition enters production at the GM Factory Zero plant later this year.
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