The new GMC Hummer EV has many sophisticated features that make it the most exciting electric super truck on the horizon.
There is a club walk mode with rear wheel steering that allows the truck to cross the rocky landscape diagonally. Or an extraction mode that uses an adjustable air suspension system to raise the already incredible vehicle height by another 6 inches and roll large obstacles. And dont forget the 0-60 MPH speedrun setting from Eron-style Watts to Freedom. This is a clear inside story of the WTF.
However, it is none of them that Hummer buyers use most often. Two giant screens in the cabin provide access to a variety of driving systems, infotainment and climate control, and instrument clusters. And the futuristic user interface on the big screen may be the coolest part of the overall Hummer experience.
It also literally pulls pages out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Simulated Appearance Inside Hummer EV.GMC How did Marvel influence the new Hummer EV SUV design?
Perception is a New York-based design house, most famous for designing many computer user interfaces for MCUs.
They are behind Spider-Man: Far From Homes Peter Parkers Stark Tech, Thor: Ragnaroks Ship UI, and the look of Black Panthers Wakandas futuristic technology, including Vibranium Sands, Wakanda Fonts, and Shrismed Bay. ..
However, you may not know it because they are often vowed in secret, but Perception has also worked with some of the worlds largest tech companies in a wide variety of project types. They have developed a concept interface for aviation applications and advanced data visualization technologies, but are also working on more well-founded projects, including a new GMC Hummer EV user interface.
Wat to Freedom Mode gets a heavy truck at 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. How was the design of the GMC Hummer EV SUV put together?
John LePore has been the Principal Creative Director of Perception since 2010. He tells Inverse that our strength is not in working on next-generation products and new technologies. Our strength is not in designing future technologies for feature films. We do both of these and one notifies the other. Science fiction informs the facts of science, and vice versa.
LePore states that when designing systems on the MCU, his team is always trying to find something that is based on reality. They can be completely blue skies, but these ideas, driven by plausible paths to be logical or realistic, always have some connection or connection. Otherwise, you just float the blue shit everywhere in the air.
He further explains that Black Panthers vibranium sand has surfaced using ultrasound to create a 3D interactive display. This can be done with Styrofoam beads today, he says.
If you look closely at Black Panther, youll find this rhythmic bounce that it creates when the tactical table comes alive, Le Pore adds. There is a sound wave there! Is there anyone in the audience who can tell it directly? It may not be. But do they understand that there is a deeper logic to drive it? I think so.
This off-road screen helps the driver monitor the amount of punishment the suspension is receiving and the status of the front and rear differentials. How GMC MCU reached GMC
When it comes to Hummer, GMC wanted something futuristic, but it was still based on reality, so I went to Perception. Scott Martin is the creative director of GMCs parent company, General Motors, and the projects Lupore counterpart.
The Hummer EV is a whole new car for GMC. Its new platform, new battery, and unique attitude. When it comes to Hummer design, GMC is willing to go out of the box with the supplier, and thats how Perception came about.
Martin says many companies can create stunning graphics in movies. But Johnny and his team at Perception do more than just do film work. They also work on practical products. They were balanced and grounded the way they pitched us. It wasnt just cool because it was cool.
LePore agrees that production vehicles cant focus on keeping things clean. He says he needs to make sure that this information is as readable as possible for the driver. We always say that every pixel has a purpose and every decision we make needs to convey more information to the driver while the driver is using the vehicle.
With that as their North Star, Perception and GMC have become instrumentations available directly from Iron Man, but they are still functional and easy to understand. Its minimalist is tactical and worthy of Hummers reputation, without the fake gauge clusters that plague some digital dash user interfaces. LePore states that the Hummer EV is not only sophisticated, but also designed to remind drivers that it is a serious tool.
This drive mode screen helps the user understand the surface covered by the various modes. How does the GMC new Hummer EV SUV infotainment system work?
The infotainment system runs on GMs existing Info3 platform, but with some new tricks. The Epics Unreal Engine powers many of the vehicles animations, allowing a functional replica of the Hummer EV to appear on the screen. This isnt just about how it looks.
Many car buyers dont know what the different settings do, so they cant comfortably adjust things like off-road drive modes. So Perception built a visualization showing that the Hummer EV is driving different types of surfaces, depending on which mode it is in.
Turn the dial to the terrain and youll see Hammer working on rock formations outside the world. When you change to touring, the on-screen Hummer suddenly breaks through the digital wall and runs smoothly on the parking lot. And its really out of this world that the moon plays a big role in the on-screen story of the Hummer EV, inspired by the GM lunar rover carried on the moon by the Apollo program.
The on-screen launch sequence of Hummer includes a lunar landscape with the Hummer logo etched and shadows moving over the screen as the invisible sun crosses space. The truck runs across the virtual moon on the drive mode screen, and there is also an entire moon-inspired interior theme, including a map of the quiet sea engraved on the trucks speaker grill.
This visual pitch and roll indicator helps off-road drivers better understand how close they are to the limits they are getting. GMC
The Unreal Engine also powers the vehicles current pitch and roll, or an indicator of how much the vehicle is tilted back and forth or left and right. This is important when crossing tricky off-road trails, but most off-road vehicles use a simple dial that displays the cars current pitch and roll.
According to LePore, he created a mockup of a Hummer sitting on a hemispherical platform. This mockup can sway in all directions and indicates the attitude of the vehicle. You can read the pitch and roll directly, but you also get this very clear visualization because the front left corner is tilted and the rear right corner is lifted.
He says he discussed lo-fi methods for creating this when there is hardware limitation. But this is exactly t