Volvo Working With Fortnite Studio On New Tech

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It won't be for a video game, either.

If you're into gaming at all, you've probably seen hyper-realistic footage generated by the Unreal graphics engine. No doubt, those shots often look incredibly real. That company, along with its parent company, Epic Games, is partnering with Volvo. Mercifully, Volvo isn't working on some update to Fortnite that'll allow you to drive its cars in-game. Instead, real-world technology should come out of this collaboration, and we'll see it very soon.

"Soon" is relative, but Volvo says the tech will be used in the new "all-electric flagship model that Volvo Cars will reveal later this year." That car will likely be the production version of the Concept Recharge, a car positioned to sit alongside the Volvo XC40 Recharge. The tech itself will bring new, high-quality graphics to Volvo models.

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Volvo says the new tech and its fancy graphics will focus on its infotainment displays (Volvo calls it the Human Machine Interface). Specifically, it'll focus on the "driver Information Module," which is one of the displays that provides the driver with information and infotainment. It's not clear which screen Volvo is talking about here, but we imagine it'll be the digital gauge cluster, given Volvo's use of the term "driver."

The Swedish brand said that customers can expect much sharper renderings, better colors, and new 3D animations. It was also quick to point out that those are only the "first steps" for this system. We can't imagine what future applications could include, but head-up displays are often criticized for their low resolution. Perhaps some applications lie in that technology. Volvo is already working on improving head-up display tech as it is.

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For now, it sounds like this won't fundamentally change the infotainment units in new Volvo models, other than visually. Volvo has said its units will still continue to use Google's Snapdragon platform. However, those too will be getting an upgrade. According to the brand, they'll be twice as fast, and thanks to the fancy new graphics, they'll also render graphics up to ten times faster.

Infotainment systems are often judged by their responsiveness. Take the Chevy Colorado ZR2. We liked the midsize truck but bemoaned its interior. However, the small, outdated unit still responded quickly, which helped temper our ire over the system's size and age. With Volvo cars running much faster tech, we doubt we'll have much of a reason to complain.

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