Volkswagen teams up with D-Wave to use quantum computers in traffic-flow project
VW and D-Wave have teamed up to work on a traffic-flow optimization project using quantum computers, which can solve difficult problems much faster than traditional supercomputers. Thus far, the technology is used mainly by government, aerospace and scientific entities, the release said.
“The goal of our cooperation with Volkswagen is to apply our quantum computing technology to Volkswagen’s real-world computing challenges and make a positive impact on their business," Robert “Bo” Ewald, president of D-Wave International, said in the release. "Bringing together our quantum computing experts with their automotive AI experts is the perfect model to make significant progress toward that goal. This project is a great example of how computing in the future will be done, with talented people looking at new ways to solve old problems, and combining traditional computers with quantum computers to deliver an improved solution."
The first research project is traffic flow optimization in Beijing. The team has programmed an algorithm to optimize the travel time of all public taxis in the city, which has massive amount of traffic, the release said.