(WSJ) Volkswagen AG’s research project now has evolved into a quantum computing-based traffic management system that could be offered as a commercial service from Volkswagen, says Martin Hofmann, Volkswagen’s chief information officer although he didn’t specify a timeline. “We’re getting closer and closer to commercializing,” said Dr. Hofmann, who oversees information technology for Volkswagen Group’s 12 brands including Audi, Porsche and Bentley. The company has three quantum computing-related patents pending,
In a recent experiment, Volkswagen’s traffic management system used both a classical computer and a quantum computer to predict the demand for a group of taxis up to an hour in advance of when they’d need to arrive at different places within a city, Dr. Hofmann said. Accurately predicting demand for ridership, especially in big cities, could reduce wait times for passengers and decrease traffic congestion. It would also eliminate idle time spent driving around waiting for a call from passengers, Dr. Hofmann said.