Quantum computing is still very much in its nascent phase with only a handful of organizations across various industries in the world making strides beyond research and into practical applications. Notably, German automaker Volkswagen has been working on applying it to the automotive industry for over five years now.
In fact, the motor vehicle manufacturer was the first automaker to demonstrate a practical application of quantum computing for route and traffic management. “Everything we learn now can give us an advantage in the future,” director of Volkswagen Group Data, Florian Neukart, said once about the potential applications of quantum computing. “Some challenges and questions in fields like material science may only be solvable through quantum computing. In other areas, we can take a problem that might require a week of classical computing power and finish it in a day or less.”