BMW’s 3,854 Variable Problem Solved in Six Minutes With Quantum Computing

Quantum computing company Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) has staked a claim to fame by solving a 3,854-variable optimization issue for BMW. The company made use of its new hardware-based quantum computing solution, Entropy Quantum Computing (EQC), to solve for the ideal placement of vehicle sensors in BMW’s Vehicle Sensor Placement Challenge (VSPC) 2022. Its new quantum system delivered performance that was 70 times higher that of its 2021 entry, which leveraged the company’s hybrid quantum implementation derived from quantum computing player D-Wave.

“We are very proud to have achieved what we believe to be an important landmark result in the evolution of quantum,” said Bob Liscouski, CEO of QCI in a press release. “We believe that this proves that innovative quantum computing technologies can solve real business problems today. What’s even more significant is the complexity of the problem solved. This wasn’t just a rudimentary problem to show that quantum solutions will be feasible someday; this was a very real and significant problem whose solution can potentially contribute to accelerating the realization of the autonomous vehicle industry.”

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