BMW and Volkswagen join the quantum technology consortium
The results and decisions of the consortium should benefit all those involved in the ecosystem, especially in Germany.
Frank Weber, BMW AG, Thomas Hofmann, President, TUM; Alexander Buresch, Senior VP
BMW and Volkswagen have joined the Quantum Technology Consortium, which includes ten German companies that want to develop quantum computing applications for vehicles. The Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC) will further develop the fundamentals of quantum computing and applications that could be used in the automotive sector.
The founding members of this consortium include BASF, BMW, Boehringer, Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group.
“It is clear to the BMW Group that quantum computing is a future-oriented technology that has great potential for a multitude of applications – from materials research and battery cell chemistry to the future of automated driving through quantum machine learning,” says Frank Weber from BMW.
“This technology is in an early stage of development and we want to support top-level research and its transfer to industrial application as best as possible,” he added.
The economic and future package launched by the federal government takes into account a boost in the development of quantum computer technology. The intent is to collaborate, identify, develop, test, and share new applications. For logistics, transport, chemicals and the financial sector, applications could be developed that these German corporations can explore.
The results and decisions of the consortium should benefit all those involved in the ecosystem, especially in Germany. The QUTAC must specify concrete steps – this includes the need to identify quantum computing in the German economy and to identify applications and implement them on an industrial scale.
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