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Delivering the quantum advantage for the automotive sector

The automotive sector is among the first to recognize the disruptive computational power of quantum computing and the accuracy of quantum sensing. The frontrunners are already preparing to use that knowledge for competitive advantage.

Current transformations in the automotive industry are making unprecedented demands on IT. For example, the quest for sustainability necessitates sophisticated battery and fuel cell management and route optimization, all of which bring heavy computational requirements. As vehicles become more automated, the need for rapid communication increases, for example to enable sharing of safety data and up-to-the-minute routing information between vehicles. But this communication must be highly secure.

In the factory, too, commercial and regulatory pressure drives construction resilience requirements ever upwards – and the only way to satisfy them (especially given current talent shortages) may be through automation of inspection processes.

Quantum technology has the potential to tackle many of these challenges. Escalating computational requirements can be satisfied thanks to unrivalled compute processing of complex calculations at scale. Critical communications can be secured by combining “weird” features, such as entanglement, with established cryptography. And quantum sensing has the potential to take automated fault detection to the next level.

Leading use cases being tested by the automotive industry

The specialist Capgemini Quantum Lab was set up to help our clients take advantage of opportunities like these. A recent example of the Lab’s work in the automotive industry is detailed in our series of blog articles and webinar video, arising from our participation in the BMW Group Quantum Challenge.

This demonstrates how quality inspection can be transformed by combining machine learning with quantum computing and quantum sensing. Our Quantum Lab team, from Capgemini and Cambridge Consultants (part of Capgemini Invent), also involved experts from the Automotive team.

Also using cutting-edge quantum algorithms, we are working on a number of paradigmatic industrial problems such as battery and fuel cell design (green mobility) and materials design. The objective? To bring about the manufacture of more efficient electric vehicles, likely to yield an early quantum advantage. Read more on the EQUALITY consortium, led by Capgemini, which could provide more energy-efficient aerodynamics and more durable and affordable batteries are critical to propelling these industries towards zero emissions.

Our recent CRI report on Quantum technologies: How to prepare your organization for a quantum advantage now details these opportunities and more.

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Meet our experts

Christian Metzl

Quantum @ Global Automotive & Mobility SPoC
As a technology enthusiast and Quantum Lab SPoC in auto, Christian drives the Lab’s global quantum technology efforts in both the global automotive and mobility industries, as well as a SPoC for the US market.

Edmund Owen

Principal Quantum Physicist at Cambridge Consultants (Capgemini Invent)
Edmund combines his experience in modelling and quantum systems with the expertise of engineers, programmers and designers to develop quantum products that provide practical solutions to commercially and socially relevant problems.

Barry Reese

Quantum Machine Learning Lead
As a Quantum Machine Learning expert, my passion is finding solutions that improve the life and work of people. My mission is to investigate and build quantum applications on near-term quantum devices and to understand how quantum can be transformative for the future of computing. From quantum technologies, I am able to learn something new every day.

Julian van Velzen

Quantum CTIO, Head of Capgemini’s Quantum Lab
I’m passionate about the possibilities of quantum technologies and proud to be putting Capgemini’s investment in quantum on the map. With our Quantum Lab, a global network of quantum experts, partners, and facilities, we’re exploring with our clients how we can apply research, build demos, and help solve business and societal problems that till now have seemed intractable. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of this disruptive technology, where I can use my background in physics and experience in digital transformation to help clients kick-start their quantum journey. Making the impossible possible!

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