VW, Google Partner For High-Performance EV Batteries

NOV 28 2017 BY MARK KANE 9

The Volkswagen Group has announced a partnership with Google on quantum computing, in three development areas – including research on batteries.

The Google universal quantum computer is suitable for many experimental computing operations. Copyright: Google, Eric Lukero.

Volkswagen is the first in the automotive industry to utilize a quantum computer for complex computing tasks.

Three main topics were mentioned:

  • In the first project, the Volkswagen specialists are working on the further development of traffic optimization. They are building on the research project which they have already successfully completed and now want to consider additional variables in addition to reducing travelling times. These include urban traffic guidance systems, available electric charging stations or vacant parking spaces.
  • In a second project, the Volkswagen specialists aim to simulate and optimize the structure of high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and other materials. Volkswagen Group Research and Development experts expect this approach to provide new information for vehicle cons­truction and battery research.
  • A third project concerns the development of new machine learning processes. Machine learning is a key technology for the development of advanced AI systems, which are a prerequisite for autonomous driving.

“Simulation and optimization” of high-performance batteries for EVs is something that we normally would expect to see from battery startups, or battery manufacturers, so Volkswagen’s interest in the area suggests it may have designs on attempting to develop its own type of proprietary battery cells.

“The Volkswagen Group is the first automotive company in the world to work intensively on quantum computing technology. In March 2017, Volkswagen announced its first successful research project completed on a quantum computer: a traffic flow optimization for 10.000 taxis in the Chinese capital Beijing.

Volkswagen Group Information Technology & Services, Region Americas has been running an innovation team at its CODE office in San Francisco since 2013. The acronym CODE stands for Continuous Optimization and Digital Engineering. The team is made-up of Software Architects, Engineers, Data Scientists, and Researchers who work on a broad scale of tasks: from advanced Multi-Cloud computing automation, DevOps, Mobile Applications and Mobility Solutions to Data Science and Quantum Computing topics. As Volkswagen recognizes the importance of advanced technology and how it shapes modern society, the CODE team continues to push the threshold of what business may achieve through digital technology.”

Martin Hofmann, Chief Information Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says:

“Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics. We at Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available. Thanks to our cooperation with Google, we have taken a major step towards this goal.”

Hartmut Neven, Director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says:

“Volkswagen has enormous expertise in solving important, real-world engineering problems, and it is an honor for us to collaborate on how quantum computing may be able to make a difference in the automotive industry.”

Categories: Battery Tech, Volkswagen


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Battery research is always good. Hopefully this will lead to some advances. I’m just glad they aren’t sticking some made up date on the announcement. It gives them more credibility.

Martin Hofmann, Chief Information Officer of the Volkswagen Group, said:

“Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics.”

Ok…. so we now finally know what VW has been lacking to become a serious EV player… access to quantum cumputing technology… problem solved! /lol

To be fair, a guy like Martin Hoffman is not an engineer and likely does not have even a basic understanding of Quantum Entanglement or Schroeder’s cat. It does however show that VW understands they need to partner with tech companies that have a clear focus in the realm. Google by having acquired the leader, D-Wave computing have given themselves a significant advantage in this field.

ehh.. it is a given that any German in charge of anything has a Dr title of some kind..
Equcation is key to important positions in Germany.

In this case Dr. Hofmann graduated from Harvard Business School AMP, has a PhD in engineering from the ETH Zurich and a degree in business computer science and business administration from the University of Mannheim.
He has worked for the IT service provider EDS for a decade, before he joined VW.

He had a precentation at CeBit 2017 in Hannover this year, about the cooperation they have. There is a link from Computer Weekly: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450415212/CIO-interview-Martin-Hofmann-Volkswagen-Group


The quantum computer will do all the work for them. VW just needs to seat and wait. They just shouldn’t hold their breath while waiting.
I recommend firing all the upper management and replace them with quantum computers.
It’s cheaper and makes less errors.

Yeah.. because that is how they grew to be one of the two largest car manufacturers in the world.

Master plan:
1. buy QuantumScape
2. use Quantum Computer
3. sell more diesel

Serial anti tesla troll thomas

4. Tell Kim to send a missile to the Gigafactory ??