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Applications of Quantum Computing: Optimization

On several occasions we have said above about the development of technology of Quantum Computing, covering the theoretical framework from head to toe. For this reason, we can proceed to the practical field, studying the first applications of quantum computing. Starting with a fundamental issue for the economy: Optimization.

One task at a time

To begin the article, you must make a clarification with one foot in the theoretical framework and another in the practical field. As we have stated on several occasions, this issue of Computing Quantum is still very immature. In this sense we mean that their knowledge is still limited, hindering its use. For this reason, the applications of quantum computing for the moments are algorithms that can perform a single task, only one that will make you millions of times faster.

Volkswagen as a character mysterious

If we remember the past, it can be noted that the majority of the researchers that we present are Google, IBM or the MIT, since they are what major advances carry. However, they are not the only ones who are working with the topic of quantum computing. Among the hidden characters is the famous creator of Herbie the Beetle, Volkswagen. In a press release exposed in the media platform dedicated to quantum computing, QuantaNEO, exposes their progress in the subject. It was announced that Volkswagen is launching in Lisbon the first pilot project of the world for the optimization of the traffic by using a quantum computer. For this purpose, are equipping buses MAN of the city of Lisbon with a traffic management system developed internally. This system uses a quantum computer D-Wave and calculates the fastest route for each of the nine participating bus individually and almost in real time. In this way, the travel times of the passengers will be reduced significantly, even during peak periods of traffic, and will improve the flow of traffic. Volkswagen is testing its system optimization of traffic during the technology conference WebSummit in Lisbon from 4 to 8 November. During the conference, the buses will transport thousands of passengers through the city traffic in Lisbon.

Comments of their heads

Martin Hofmann, CIO of Volkswagen Group, commented: “At Volkswagen we want to further expand our expert knowledge in the field of quantum computation and develop a deep understanding of the way in which this technology can be used in a significant way within the company. The optimization of the traffic is one of the potential applications. The intelligent traffic management based on the performance capabilities of a quantum computer can provide an effective support to the cities and the travelers.” Meanwhile, Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave, full: “The use of Volkswagen quantum computing to tackle global problems widespread as the intelligent traffic management is an example of the impact that the applications of quantum of the real world will soon be in our cities, communities and in everyday life. Since we built the first quantum computer commercial, D-Wave has focused on designing systems that enable the development of applications to quantum and provide commercial value.” “The pilot project of Volkswagen is one of the first that we know to make use of the production of a quantum computer, and its continuous innovation, it brings us closer than ever to the realization of quantum computing real and practical”.

How does it work?

The traffic management system of Volkswagen includes two components. First, the prediction of the number of passengers, then the optimization of the route using quantum computing. For the predictions, the development team Volkswagen is using the tools of data analysis to identify stops with numbers of passengers, especially high at certain moments. For this purpose, we used geo-coordinates of anonymous and passenger flow data. The aim is to provide as many people as possible the possibilities of transport and ensure optimum use of buses. The Volkswagen team intends to continue the development of this component of the prediction. The idea is that the bus operators should add links temporary to their scheduled services to serve stops with the highest number of passengers. This would be a significant focus for events important in the area of the city, for example. The following two tabs change content below. I am a student of economics, interested in innovation and technological development, always faithful to that tomorrow will be a better day.

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