The VW Group continues its research with quantum computers for smart traffic management
The Volkswagen Group is continuing the work on quantum computers announced at last year's Cebit in Hannover, coming to develop a program to manage and optimize traffic in the city that replaces those based on forecasting methods, with much more precise calculations.
As a result, public transport companies, taxis and transport service providers can use their fleets considerably more efficiently and at the same time minimize waiting times for passengers.
In order to develop the new traffic management systems, Volkswagen technicians analyze anonymised motion data detected by smartphones or transmitters in vehicles with conventional computers in order to calculate traffic accumulation and the number of people involved.
Later they optimize them with a quantum algorithm. This could eliminate costly inefficiencies in means of transport, such as taxis and buses, traveling considerable distances in vain, long waiting times for passengers or a shortage of vehicles in high demand areas.
Public transport operators could add additional trips at fixed times to better align with demand.