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VW and Google to develop quantum computing technology applications

Volkswagen and Google are conducting research into quantum computing technology. Quantum computers can solve certain highly complex tasks considerably faster than conventional super computers. In some cases, a solution is only possible using quantum technology.

The IT group at VW aims to make progress in three development areas on the Google quantum computer. This includes further development of traffic optimization, which will build on the research project it has already successfully completed, and will consider additional variables as well as reducing traveling times. These include urban traffic guidance systems, available electric charging stations or vacant parking spaces.

In a second project, VW will simulate and optimize the structure of high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and other materials.

The third area of research concerns the development of new machine learning processes. Machine learning is a key technology for the development of advanced AI systems, which are a prerequisite for autonomous driving.

Martin Hofmann, chief information officer of the Volkswagen Group, said, “Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics. We at Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available. Thanks to our cooperation with Google, we have taken a major step toward this goal.”

The collaboration will focus on research for practical applications. Specialists from the VW IT labs in San Francisco, California, and Munich, Germany, will develop algorithms, simulations and optimizations together with experts at Google.

November 9, 2017

Written by Rachel Evans


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