It’s been officially reported that Volkswagen has indeed partnered with Google in order to develop new vehicle technologies that benefit from advanced quantum computing.
Volkswagen aims to use quantum computing to simulate the structure of electric vehicle batteries, refine their traffic management systems and improve their artificial intelligence modules for autonomous driving. Quantum computers are basically far more superior than standard computers that can only handle bits (binary digits) of “1” and “0”. Quantum computers can handle quantum bits (qubits) that can be “0” and “1” at the same time, this is called “superposition”.
— Volkswagen USA News (@VWnews) November 7, 2017
“Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics,” said Volkswagon’s CIO Martin Hofmann in a statement. “We at Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available. Thanks to our cooperation with Google, we have taken a major step towards this goal.”
With the partnership taking place, VW will have access to Google’s devices which process information based on the principles of quantum mechanics.
Quantum computers are pegged to be the future of computing due to their far more superior speed in handling complex data and their ability to achieve two calculations at once being in a superposition.