Honda Tests Quantum Navigation System
The system was tested in an earthquake scenario simulated on a realistic map of a small coastal town of Furubira in Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.
It used what researchers called “supervised hybrid quantum machine learning” to shorten escape times for cars in the scenarios.
Researchers found that the quantum-based model improved the accuracy of a traditional computer by 7%. It also requires only local information to make decisions, which amounts to less than 1% of the map information.
Both of these factors could be a life-saving change in fast-evolving and uncertain disaster situations.
The system was built in partnership between Germany-based Honda Research Institute Europe (HRI-EU) and Terra Quantum, a quantum technology company with offices in both Germany and Switzerland.
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