Japanese car companies Denso and Toyota are to conduct what they claim to be the world’s first test using a quantum computer to process data from a traffic IoT platform. They will present the concept at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Tier-one supplier and car maker Toyota will process vehicle location and travel data in real time from about 130,000 commercial vehicles in Thailand, aiming to establish best practices for quantum computer applications in transportation.
This type of technology will be essential in the connected era, when vehicles and mobility systems need to process large amounts of data in real time. Denso will present the concept and overviews at CES in Las Vegas.
The test will collect and analyse location information from about 130,000 taxis and trucks in Thailand through cloud-based quantum computer devices developed by Canada-based D-Wave Systems. Denso and Toyota Tsusho will also implement quantum computer-based data analysis and processing technologies from TSquare, a traffic information service application from Toyota group company Toyota Tsusho Nexty Electronics in Thailand.
Denso will create an algorithm to process and analyse quantum computer-based data, and Toyota Tsusho will integrate the algorithm into a new application on TSquare’s platform. Findings will help guide application development to make transportation more efficient, from traffic decongestion to route optimisation for emergency vehicles.
Unlike conventional computers, quantum computers perform calculations to find an enormous number of combinations simultaneously, and can analyse certain data more than 100 million times faster than conventional computers. Algorithms such as the one Denso will develop will also be key to translate the calculations into decisions, making the future of mobility a reality.
Denso, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is an automotive supplier of technology and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major car makers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 2017 were US$40.4bn. Last fiscal year, Denso spent nine per cent of its global consolidated sales on research and development.
Toyota Tsusho was founded in 1948 as the trading company for the Toyota group. Today, Toyota Tsusho operates in more than 120 countries with approximately 58,000 employees.