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A quantum computing chip developed by Google (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler struck a research alliance with Google to look into the potential of quantum computing to solve complex mobility problems.

The German premium car group said current generations of computers and server systems are reaching capacity limits and a more powerful computing approach is needed.

“Quantum computing could play a crucial role in future in developing sustainable and efficient mobility solutions, as well as in diverse applications within our company,” Daimler CIO Jan Brecht said in a press release. “Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the entire IT sector.”

Daimler said the cooperation with Google is aimed at gaining experience with a new technology in an early stage. The research partnership will look at concrete use cases from the automotive and mobility fields.

Quantum computing directly applies the laws of quantum physics. Quantum computers use a traditional binary numeral system as well as other states known as superpositions. These states enable complex calculations to be performed at previously inconceivable speeds.