The engine that runs video games, Unreal Engine 4, is helping Porsche in a multitude of ways.
Video game engines are what's responsible for making combat, quests, lighting, sound and more possible. What's more, some of these engines are pre-built and ready for developers to use without them having to create their own proprietary engine. Now, automakers like Porsche are using these video game engines to help them get to the next level of design, performance and technology while also saving a few bucks. Porsche has been using Unreal Engine 4, the same engine used in games like Fortnite, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Street Fighter V and countless other games. By using this engine, Porsche is able to do so much without having to worry about intensive labor or crashing real cars. Take Porsche's development on their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In order to perfect these assistance systems, they need to recreate real-world instances for the system to react to. In a virtual world, Porsche can run an infinite amount of different simulations without ever having to worry about crashing a car or harming a person. That not only saves them money but also a lot of time. What's more, Porsche is now moving these simulations to the cloud so that simulations can be run in parallel which saves even more time. Porsche is also able to use this engine to help make modifications to models without having o rebuild or refit certain pieces. There are honestly so many possibilities. Check out the video below which is actually two years old and showcases the 911 Speedster Concept made in Unreal Engine.
While video games may be great for relaxing and enjoying some time on another planet, the engines that run them are doing wonders for the automotive world.
Source: Porsche Newsroom