Volkswagen Demonstrates World's First Quantum Computing Traffic Routing

Traffic around the world has become busier than ever. To help make commutes faster, Volkswagen has demonstrated the first use of quantum computing for faster traffic routing around urban areas. This new approach to traffic routing may lead to wide applications around the world.

Volkswagen unveiled its new quantum computing traffic routing program at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal. This system linked nine commuter buses to Volkswagen's quantum computing system, known as the D-Wave quantum computing system. The technology routed in near real-time, proving that all nine buses could safely update their routes on the go for more efficient navigation and lower fuel costs.

For about two decades, computer-controlled traffic navigation has helped to make the flow of traffic more efficient. However, this is the first time that quantum computing has helped route traffic in near real-time. The purpose of the D-Wave quantum computing system is to help develop real-world applications in future Volkswagen production models.

The difference between quantum computing and conventional computing is that quantum computing can calculate routing possibilities exponentially faster. This allows vehicles to find the fastest route quickly. With a city filled with quantum computing enabled vehicles, the roads will become less congested, leading to faster driving times, better fuel economy, and lower pollution.

The D-Wave quantum computing system delivers alternate routes in near real-time. Currently, the system is being simplified so it can be adapted into as many vehicles as possible. This includes commercial vehicles as well as everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs.

More pilot programs are being planned around the world. Volkswagen would like to see how the D-Wave Quantum Computing system will work in a number of different situations and different levels of traffic congestion. While there is not a strict timeline for development, quantum computing traffic routing may be commercially available before we know it.

You won't find quantum computing in any of our new Volkswagen models, but many feature advanced technologies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automated parking. Give us a call to learn more or visit us in Lafayette for a closer look. We'll be happy to assist you.

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