The cars of the future, though, are more than simple mechanical machines. They’re computers, and they’re connected to other computers. As data becomes more important to the auto industry, VW is working to advance its ability to process that data.
Volkswagen is teaming up with Google to use quantum computing to optimize traffic flow, explore structures for new materials like batteries for Electric Vehicles and to develop AI that could be used in self-driving cars.
“Quantum computer technology opens new dimensions for us,” Chief Information Officer Martin Hofmann from Volkwagen said during a press even at the Web Summit in Lisbon “We want to be among the first to use quantum computing as a company as soon as this technology is commercially available.”
Google will be providing the Quantum Compute mechanics to process information in a wider variety of ways than a conventional computer, which uses just a binary system to identify data. VW started its first quantum-computing project in March in China to optimize traffic for 10,000 taxis in Beijing, using another technology supplier.
If autonomous vehicles are going to enter into our lives we’re going to have to rethink our current eMobility approach which is consumer-centric. We call a car and it drives us to where we are going, even with the option of call pooling that we’re not using public transportation means more cars on the road and more traffic jams.
Volkswagen wants to consider a Crowd centric approach to mobility which means incorporating big data. Mobility supply and demand is defined by data and context. If there is rain there will be fewer bikes on the road, if there is no rain there will be fewer cars. Using as the relevant information they can find on the internet, or big data, they will look at things like sporting events, concerts, when big hotels or factories do shift changes when public holidays occur to predict when traffic will occur.
Traffic optimization on a city-wide scale needs the massive power of the quantum computer to be a reality. With autonomous vehicles will rely on real-time maps and routing, an intelligent system can direct cars on different routes to avoid traffic jams and provide individual routing for each car.
Having to coordinate a cities worth of traffic in a highly individual way is being referred to as Quantum Routing.
If you’re not familiar with quantum computing or just want to learn more about the partnership, Google’s AI & Quantum Compute experts give an interview about the partnership with Volkswagen and answer questions like “How does a quantum computer work?”
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Quantum computers are based on the principles of quantum mechanics and are designed differently from the computers that most of us use every day. In a conventional computer, the memory consists of bits, the smallest form of an information unit in computer science. Every bit is either a zero or one. Quantum computing is based on a quantum bit, or qubit. A qubit can be a zero, one or both all at the same time. Computing power jumps exponentially as a result because a quantum computer can simultaneously perform every calculating step in all states.