What Will The Future of Cars be Like? Video Games May Have The Answer

The Washington Post
March 1, 2023
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Racing video games like Forza and Gran Turismo are informing major automakers’ design choices when it comes to digital displays and car design. According to Heiko Wenczel, Epic Games’ Director of Automotive and HMI for Unreal Engine, carmakers are building their driver displays off Epic Games’ Unreal Engine video game technology. This trend is expected to deepen with tech-savvy Gen-Z buyers looking for more digitally intuitive vehicles.

When he’s not designing the digital future of car dashboards, Mike Hichme is probably in his home-built racing simulator.

Hichme has had a three-decade career at General Motors and now oversees the entire “digital cockpit” experience, including software development for in-car displays and the ways drivers and passengers interact with touch screens. He’s been an obsessive gamer even longer, growing up in the era of arcade machines and the Atari 2600 before graduating to modern racing sims like iRacing and Assetto Corsa.

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