Volkswagen, Google collaborate on quantum computing applications

Volkswagen, Google collaborate on quantum computing applications

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

As part of the cooperation, a team of specialists from Volkswagen and Google is working on a Google quantum computer. These computers can solve certain highly complex tasks much faster than conventional supercomputers or even make a solution possible in the first place.

Volkswagen’s work on the quantum computer will focus on three main areas The specialists want to further develop traffic optimization, simulate material structures for high-performance electric vehicle batteries and new materials, and work on artificial intelligence with new machine learning methods. In this context, Volkswagen Chief Information Office Martin Hofmann described quantum computer technology as an “acceleration track for future topics”.

The collaboration focuses on application-oriented research. Specialists from the Volkswagen Information Technology Centers (IT-Labs) in San Francisco and Munich are developing algorithms, simulations and optimizations together with Google experts. They are working on a so-called universal quantum computer from Google. Its architecture is suitable for many experimental calculations.

Specifically, the VW specialists want to develop techniques and algorithms to reduce driving time within the scope of the thematic field of traffic optimization and integrate further variable variables. These include urban traffic guidance systems, available electric charging stations or free parking spaces.

Not your daddy’s desktop: This is how
Google’s quantum computer looks like. (Source: Google)

In a further project, the specialists want to use an algorithm to simulate and optimize the material structure of high-performance electric vehicle batteries and other materials. The Volkswagen Group’s research and development department expects this to provide new insights for vehicle construction and battery research.

In addition, VW wants to use the potential of the Google quantum computer to work with new methods of machine learning on artificial intelligence (AI). The application focus is on autonomous driving.

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