BMW Group and AWS Launch “Quantum Computing Challenge” in Search of Solutions to Challenging Automotive Problems

BMW Group, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), have released the details of their invitation to quantum computing researchers, start-ups, and pioneering companies to come up with and propose innovative quantum algorithms to address challenging problems in the automotive sector.  Successful proposals will be tested on real quantum computing technologies.  The announcement follows BMW Group’s agreement to fund the Technical University of Munich with 5.1 million euros for quantum development.

“The technological landscape in the field of quantum computing is only starting to take shape… By launching our crowd innovation initiative, we are hoping to tap into additional innovative power that would be beyond the reach of a standard tendering process.”

Peter Lehnert, Vice President of Group Research, BMW

Automotive Challenges for Quantum Computing

BMW Group has identified over 50 challenges where innovative quantum computing algorithms and significant improvements of the hardware could provide an advantage over classical computing methods.  The Quantum Computing Challenge will focus on four of those:

  1. Optimisation of sensor positions for automated driving functions
  2. Simulation of material deformation in the production process
  3. Optimisation of pre-production vehicle configuration
  4. Machine Learning for automated quality assessment

The submission deadline is 24 September 2021.  AWS will provide entrants with credits to use their quantum computing service, Amazon Bracket, to encourage the development and testing of the quantum algorithms submitted.  Successful entrants will be invited to pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges in December 2021, and the winner will gain BMW Group as a client and have the opportunity to implement their respective project.

BMW Group’s Drive Towards a Quantum Ecosystem

We’re thrilled to support BMW and the quantum community in this innovation challenge. We applaud BMW’s leadership in tackling real industrial challenges where quantum computers may one day provide an advantage.”

Bill Vass, Vice President of Engineering, AWS

The Quantum Computing Challenge follows BMW Group’s previous creation of the Quantum Technology and Applications Consortium (QUTAC), a consortium of ten major corporations whose aim is to speed up the development of quantum computing technology in Germany and Europe.

This, along with Ford’s efforts to tackle traffic congestion with quantum computing, are indications of the new era of quantum computing-led innovation and developments for the automotive sectorQuantum computing is the next big thing!