Last week, Volkswagen and Google announced their research cooperation in the field of quantum computing at the tech conference “Web Summit 2017”, in Lisbon. Both companies will explore the utilization of quantum computers together, with aims to build up specialist knowledge and to carry out practical-oriented research.
Volkswagen IT specialists will develop algorithms, simulations and optimizations together with the Google experts in order to assess the potential of quantum computer in three different areas. Both companies are working on the optimization of traffic such as urban traffic guidance systems but also the development of high-performance batteries for electric vehicles.
The last areas explored by the two companies are new machine learning processes.
Machine learning is a key technology for the development of advanced AI systems, which are a prerequisite for autonomous driving. The Volkswagen Group has already been working intensively on quantum computing technology for quite some time. In March 2017, Volkswagen completed its first research project on a quantum computer: a traffic flow optimization for 10.000 taxis in the Chinese capital Beijing.
Martin Hofmann, Chief Information Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says: “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 towards this goal.”