Daimler taps Google's quantum computing expertise

March 20, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Daimler taps Google's quantum computing expertise
Future mobility requires dealing with highly complex issues that can push current computer generations and server systems to their performance limits or even overtax them. Quantum computers are expected to solve these tasks much faster or in the first place. Carmaker Daimler therefore has agreed to further cooperation with Google.

With the 72-qubit Bristlecone chip, Google has just built the quantum computer with the highest number of quantum bits. Qubits are the smallest possible storage unit and serve as a measure of the performance of quantum computers.

In this cooperation, teams of specialists from Daimler Group Research and IT use Google's quantum computers to investigate specific issues relating to future mobility. The initiative consistently contributes to Daimler's vision of providing comprehensive support to customers in future not only as a vehicle manufacturer but also as a mobility service provider. In this respect, Daimler is following the same path in its cooperation with Google as its competitor Volkswagen.

"Quantum computing could play a decisive role in the development of sustainable and efficient mobility solutions in the future, but also in a wide range of applications within our company," said Olla Kalenius, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Research and Development at Daimler. CIO Jan Brecht adds: "This technology is still in the early research and development stage - but the possibilities are enormous. We want to gain experience with this new technology at an early stage. This is why we bring concrete use cases from the automotive and mobility sectors into our research collaborations."

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