Automotive manufacturer BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to crowd-source innovation.
The challenge encourages entrants to come up with innovative quantum algorithms and test their solutions on real quantum computing technologies.
Quantum computing holds potential to address challenging problems in the automotive sector in complex optimisation, materials research, and – in the form of quantum machine learning – automated driving.
Experts from the BMW Group have identified over 50 challenges at various stages of the value chain where quantum computing could provide a potential benefit in the future.
This requires innovative algorithms and a significant improvement of hardware. The BMW Group has, therefore, decided to engage the global quantum computing community to help find the best solutions for the immediate future and beyond.
The quantum computing challenge will focus on four specific challenges where quantum computing could deliver an advantage over classical computing methods, namely: the optimisation of sensor positions for automated driving functions, the simulation of material deformation in the production process, the optimisation of pre-production vehicle configuration and machine learning for automated quality assessment.