Pasqal, the leading manufacturer of neutral atoms quantum processors, have just announced a new take on with BMW Group to improve the automaker’s primary manufacturing processes. 

Using Pasqal’s algorithm for solving differential equations (problems where a change in one of the variables foes not uniformly affect the outcome,) BMW group strive to analyse the applicability of quantum computing technology to metal forming applications modelling.  

Applications such as these require extensive simulations to ensure that auto parts are following specifications. Predictive and rapid virtual modelling will bring the manufacturing process towards safer designs, more sustainable products and zero-prototyping. 

Pasqal’s researchers have created a digital-analog implementation of its quantum methods, customised for its neutral-atom quantum processors, which makes these applications 30 times more efficient that competing superconducting quantum processors. 

A highly accurate computational simulation would allow BMW Group to replace costly physical build-test-improve cycles, as existing classical computational methods are unable to deal with the intricacy of stimulating a full vehicle at the required accuracy. Simulations such as these will finally help BMW Group produce lighter parts, making cars more fuel-efficient.  

Pasqal managed to gain this collaboration with BMW group by winning the BMW Group Quantum Computing Challenge late last year. Earlier collaborations have focused on optimising battery designs at the atomistic level by developing quantum computational methods for chemistry and materials-science.  

The renewed collaboration extends this scope to other relevant time and length scales adding micro-and macro-level materials simulations. 

Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of Pasqal said ‘’Renewing and extending the scope of our collaboration with BMW Group is a clear sign of the value Pasqal can bring to our customers. Each time we collaborate with BMW Group, we discover something more we can do to help them develop superior automobiles’’ 

He continues to say: ‘’Pasqal currently offers the only method on the market for solving these these types of differential equations with quantum technology, which are critical to execute effective and accurate simulations. We’re proud to work with BMW Group to improve manufacturing processes and safety through our technology.’’ 

Pasqal believes these use cases are excellent candidates for early quantum advantage with its proprietary quantum algorithms, which the company plans to reach within two years.

These complex simulations will run over a six-month period in Pasqal’s facilities. Real world applications for these simulations include crash testing and accelerated development of new parts and materials which are lighter and stronger, keeping passengers safe while both reducing emissions and cutting development costs.