If you’ve ever had your bus show up later than scheduled, here’s a welcome development for you. Volkswagen, with the help of D-Wave, has tapped the power of quantum computing to develop a traffic management system that can better process transport information and improve the performance of fleet services like taxis and public buses.
For now, Volkswagen’s quantum computing solution is more concept than reality. The company presented the project at the WebSummit in Lisbon and is positioning it as a commercial venture that could be sold to cities. Volkswagen said it wants to test the algorithm in Barcelona — where there is already an adequate database of traffic information available — before rolling it out elsewhere, but it can theoretically be scaled to a city of any size.
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