The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $1 billion in awards for the establishment of 12 new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) research institutes nationwide. The $1 billion will go... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in funding for 10 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a twenty-first-century energy economy. In recognition of the importance of teams in energy research, the EFRC program brings together researchers from multiple disciplines... Read more →

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and Quantum Benchmark Inc. of Canada will conduct joint research on quantum algorithms using Quantum Benchmark’s error suppression technology as they aim to advance the capabilities of current generation quantum computing platforms. Quantum Benchmark, a startup founded by leading researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for... Read more →

Honeywell announced that due to a breakthrough in technology, it will release a quantum computer with a quantum volume of at least 64, twice that of the next alternative in the industry, by the middle of 2020. The technology-focused conglomerate first entered the commercial computing market in 1955 and eventually... Read more →

IBM, Daimler researchers use quantum computer to simulate Li-sulfur battery chemistry

Researchers at IBM and Daimler AG have used a quantum computer to model the dipole moment of three lithium-containing molecules, with an eye on moving closer to next-generation lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries. In a research paper published on, the researchers report simulating the ground state energies and the dipole... Read more →

US DOE to award $625M for Quantum Information Science Research Centers; Argonne quantum loop testbed

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $625 million (DE-FOA-0002253) over the next five years to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative. The National Quantum Initiative Act, signed into law by President Trump in December... Read more →

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. Their findings were published in an open-access paper in npj Quantum Information. Quantum computers use... Read more →

Quantum Information Edge alliance launches to accelerate quantum computing R&D

A nationwide alliance of national labs, universities, and industry launched in December to advance the frontiers of quantum computing systems designed to solve urgent scientific challenges and maintain US leadership in next-generation information technology. The Quantum Information Edge strategic alliance is led by t Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)... Read more →

Intel Labs unveiled what it believes is a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip—code-named “Horse Ridge”—that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger systems—a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality.... Read more →

Volkswagen AG has successfully demonstrated the world’s first live use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing. During the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, nine public transit buses used a traffic management system developed by Volkswagen scientists in the United States and Germany, powered by a D-Wave quantum... Read more →

Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in quantum computing startup IonQ; trapped ions

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, has invested in US-based quantum computing startup IonQ as part of that company’s $55-million founding round. The financing was led by the Samsung Catalyst Fund and Mubadala Capital, and brings IonQ’s total amount raised to... Read more →

Volkswagen Group launches world’s first pilot project for traffic optimization with a D-Wave quantum computer in Lisbon

Volkswagen is launching in Lisbon the world’s first pilot project for traffic optimization using a quantum computer. For this purpose, the Group is equipping MAN buses of the public transport provider Carris with a traffic management system developed in-house. This system uses a D-Wave quantum computer and calculates the fastest... Read more →

Bosch, BASF invest in quantum computing startup Zapata

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, has completed an investment in Zapata Computing’s Series A round. Comcast Ventures together with Prelude Ventures are leading an US$21-million round. It includes participation from new and existing investors including Pitango Ventures, BASF Ventures, Pillar... Read more →

Research scientists with ORNL’s Quantum Information Science Group have demonstrated two simultaneous operations on two qubits, a new capability that represents a building block toward quantum computing. Researchers with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a new level of control over photons encoded with quantum information.... Read more →

The Volkswagen Group is progressing with its work with quantum computers (earlier post). For the first time, Volkswagen researchers have succeeded in using a quantum computer to develop a traffic management system that will replace forecasting for urban traffic volumes, transport demand and travel times with precise calculations. As a... Read more →

Volkswagen testing use of quantum computing in battery research

For the first time, Volkswagen researchers have succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer. This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries. In the long term, Volkswagen wants to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer.... Read more →

Russian reseachers: quantum is key to securing blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed ledger platform that allows consensus in a large decentralized network of parties who do not trust each other. Transactions are accountable and transparent, making it useful for a variety of applications from smart contracts and finance, to manufacturing and healthcare, to logistics and ride-sharing. One of... Read more →

Daimler is pursuing strategic research partnerships in the field of quantum computing, and has signed a cooperation agreement with Google in this area. The design of Google’s recent 72‑qubit Bristlecone chip features the highest number of quantum bits yet used in a quantum computer. Qubits are the smallest possible unit... Read more →

DENSO Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation will conduct the first test using a quantum computer to process data from a traffic IoT platform. The companies 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... Read more →

Volkswagen Group, Google partnering on quantum computing; traffic optimization, batteries, AI

The Volkswagen Group and Google will partner on research in the field of quantum computing. The two companies will explore the utilization of quantum computers together, with aims to build up specialist knowledge and to carry out practically oriented research. As part of this collaboration, a team of specialists from... Read more →

Volkswagen partners with D-Wave on quantum computing; CeBIT premiere of research project for traffic flow optimization

Volkswagen partners with D-Wave on quantum computing; CeBIT premiere of research project for traffic flow optimization Volkswagen Group IT is cooperating with leading quantum computing company D-Wave Systems on a research project for traffic flow optimization. At CeBIT 2017 in Hanover, Volkswagen and D-Wave will be announcing their strategic cooperation... Read more →