BMW also uses quantum computers
High-tech for supply chain optimization in real time
BMW is now using quantum computers for initial calculations – for supply chain optimization.
Car manufacturers depend on functioning supply chains – after all, the current Corona pandemic in the spring of 2020, for example, led to the failure of some automotive suppliers, and already the assembly lines were at a standstill in many plants. Away from such extreme examples, optimized supply chains can help save time and costs. BMW is concerned with optimization in real time – in other words, the improvements take effect immediately during ongoing operations.
Using quantum computers, BMW wants to determine, for example, which supplier parts a particular supplier can deliver at a specific time at a favorable price. In doing so, the computer will estimate a wide range of options and sub-options.
Quantum computers are currently at work in the test labs of computer developers (in the picture, the IBM Q One).
Large-scale use only in the future
BMW can envision using the ultra-modern quantum computers for calculations in battery chemistry for electric cars, charging station distribution, or requirements for safety, aerodynamics, design and manufacturing, but is aware that it will be years before they are in regular use, as the computers, which are still in an early stage of development, are not yet suitable for large-scale industrial use. Mercedes, however, is already using quantum computers to calculate molecules for electric car batteries and has now made a breakthrough in optimizing the Hamiltonian function needed to do so.