Volkswagen and Google to collaborate on quantum computing
The Volkswagen Group (VW) has announced that its IT unit will be partnering up with Google in a collaboration that will see the two working together on quantum computing.
Specialists from VW’s Information Technology Centres, Located in San Francisco and Munich, will develop algorithms in collaboration with Google’s experts using the technology firm’s quantum computers.
“Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics,” said Martin Hofmann, Chief Information Officer of the VW Group. “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.”
VW will use the computers in three research projects, part of the automaker’s expansion into the technological market outside the manufacture of vehicles.
The three research areas include developing traffic optimisation, creating and improving high performance batteries for electric vehicles, and expanding its artificial intelligence capabilities with new machine learning processes.
“Volkswagen has enormous expertise in solving important, real-world engineering problems, and it is an honour for us to collaborate on how quantum computing may be able to make a difference in the automotive industry,” said Hartmut Neven, Director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Airbiquity and Cyngn make any warehouse vehicle autonomous
This new partnership will support companies working in warehouses move and handle goods without needing a human to drive the machines. By introducing this technology, warehouses will have the ability to evolve their existing vehicles to become autonomous.
“Working with Cyngn, we have the opportunity to help guide the future of autonomous vehicles and make our technology accessible to more industries,” explained Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity.
Vehicle agnostic technology for flexibility
Cyngn’s flagship product, DriveMod, is an end-to-end autonomy solution that can be flexibly deployed on multiple vehicle types in various environments. DriveMod delivers intelligent analytics, artificial intelligence, advanced safety features and self-driving capabilities for industrial vehicles.
The technology is vehicle agnostic which means DriveMod works across all kinds of industrial vehicles, regardless of age, vehicle type or manufacturer.
"On the heels of announcing our OTAmatic expansion into non-automotive industry vehicles, this partnership is further validation of the need for safe and secure industrial-grade over-the-air software update management technology to ensure that autonomous vehicles are running most efficiently," said Moinzadeh.
OTAmatic, an over-the-air (OTA) software and data management solution, developed by Airbiquity, securely orchestrates and automates connected vehicle software updates and data management from the cloud.
Securely evolving vehicles to become autonomous
By integrating Airbiquity’s OTAmatic and Cyngn’s DriveMod, organisations can invest in industrial AV technology that starts generating value today while being prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
Typically, industrial AV solutions require companies to completely replace their existing fleet. This new partnership between Airbiquity and Cyngn shifts that paradigm through retrofitting.
Discussing the benefits of the new partnership, Lior Tal, CEO at Cyngn said: "Autonomous vehicle fleets generate vast amounts of data, which we leverage to derive greater insights and create opportunities for increased efficiency. By using Airbiquity's most advanced and industry-proven over-the-air update technology, companies gain access to these ever-expanding capabilities without disrupting their daily operations."
With both companies’ technology, organisations in the materials handling market will be able to securely evolve their vehicles into AV systems which can be refined over time – thus leading to increased autonomous fleet management efficiency and up-time.
Leveraging data to improve AVs
DriveMod enables fleets of all shapes and sizes to drive autonomously. This can be achieved by a simple retrofit or by being embedded directly into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles at assembly.
Businesses within many industries, such as mining, automotive and construction, use OTAmatic to efficiently plan and execute OTA campaigns. This can be done with refined vehicle and device targeting, discrete policy and privacy controls, customisable user communications and solution deployment flexibility.
Over time and with more data, DriveMod will develop a deeper understanding of the domains in which it operates. Combining this with OTAmatic’s over-the-air software updates ensures autonomous vehicle fleets will continue to generate novel value and efficiency.