Google & VW partner up on quantum computing

Google & VW partner up on quantum computing
 

Two giants of their fields are coming together to explore ways of moving quantum computing from theory into the cars people drive every day.

Google and Volkswagen are investigating ways of using the surge in processing speed from quantum computers to help with traffic flows and autonomous driving, the two companies have announced.

While quantum computing is still in its infancy, it employs some of the less intuitive processes of quantum physics to accelerate computer calculations to speeds far faster than conventional technology, which is approaching the limits of Moore’s Law.

Volkswagen’s IT department wants to use the extra processing speed to develop new structures for high-performance battery materials, artificial intelligence and machine learning and traffic flows for self-driving cars.

“Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics,” Volkswagen Group chief information officer Martin Hofmann says.

“We want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available. Thanks to our co-operation with Google, we have taken a major step towards this goal.” – BD Motor News