Compared with the traditional binary digital system, the quantum computer can perform the operation at a higher rate. In a project, Volkswagen and Google plan to augment existing traffic-flow optimization solutions (introducing new variables for them) using quantum computing to minimize vehicle commuting time.
In a statement, Volkswagen pointed out: "When calculating the most time-saving driving routes, we can take into account such factors as the available charging posts for electric vehicles, free parking spaces, and urban traffic navigation systems."
Such research will focus not only on the experience of one driver, but on urban transport planning as a whole. In addition, Volkswagen and Google will also speed up research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, both of which are seen as key to developing connected fully autonomous vehicles.
Artificial Intelligence research has many uses that can even help to build smarter infrastructures, or car digital assistants like Alexa. Finally, Volkswagen and Google will work together to simulate and optimize the structure needed to develop high-performance batteries.
It is reported that the public has long been aware of quantum computing energy, and claimed to be the world's first carmakers working in this area. In March of this year, the company announced that it had completed a study on "optimizing the traffic flow of tens of thousands of taxis in Beijing" using quantum computing.