Reduce traffic congestion? Reduce waiting times for taxi drivers or public transport buses and reduce fuel costs? All this has been promised by Volkswagen of quantum computers to deal with traffic situations.
Quantum computers as the solution key
IT professionals, including computer linguists and software engineers, work at Volkswagen IT laboratories in San Francisco and Munich to use quantum computers for potential socially-beneficial applications. The main goal is to program algorithms on quantum computers that are subject to different laws, such as the programming of conventional computers.
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For the first time, an automotive expert was able to use a quantum computer to develop traffic management, replacing prediction of city traffic intensity, transport demand and travel times. What is good?
Using this method, transport companies, taxis and other transport service providers will be able to use their fleets more efficiently. It also reduces waiting times for passengers. Volkswagen and D-Wave present this project at the current WebSummit Technology Conference in Lisbon (5.11.-8.11.2018).
According to German automakers, quantum computers can replace current traffic simulations generated by traditional supercomputers. Their limitation is the ability to process a limited number of tasks at the same time, while real traffic is a set of large numbers of events that change over time. Transportation in the city is a complicated complex system.
The quantum data processing project developed can handle a much larger amount of information, including location data from smartphones and car radio.
The new Volkswagen system uses a quantum algorithm to process and optimize all of these data and can obtain more accurate and accurate traffic information.
The developed traffic management system first analyzes anonymous data on the movement of smartphone and vehicle transmitters. In order to obtain the traffic accumulation image and the number of stakeholders, they process this data using traditional computers. The second step is to optimize data using an algorithm on a quantum computer.
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In this way, it is possible to predict the exact number of vehicles in different locations ("so-called spot points") to ensure transportation for all prospective passengers. This could eliminate the costly inefficiencies of transport in the form of taxis and buses that run empty routes, long wait times for passengers and lack of vehicles in demanding locations.
Road companies could, on the basis of such data, strengthen links outside the schedules. Volkswagen would like to offer this quantifiably optimized transport management system as a commercial service.
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Experts also see their algorithms used in transport infrastructure and vehicle exchange, especially for autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen wants to first test the Barcelona algorithm, where it has a sufficient database, in cooperation with Orange Telecom and Teralytics, which specializes in data.
The project developers are Volkswagen's partners D-Wave (a quantum computer manufacturer) and Google, which also provides developers with VW access to their systems.