KTN, Transport Team explore quantum technology opportunities in transport

KTN, Transport Team explore quantum technology opportunities in transport

KTN’s Quantum Technology SIG and Transport Team have joined forces to explore the possibilities for Quantum Technology within the transport sector.

The duo held an event at the beginning of February that brought together transport professionals with quantum scientists and engineers. The aim of the event was for the two creators to explore how new quantum technologies can benefit the transport sector.

In 2015, the UK government rolled out a £400m 5-year national programme to commercialise the quantum technology. The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme states “commercialisation of new quantum technologies is not only possible but an opportunity that we should not ignore”.

NPL’s Quantum Metrology Institute head Dr Rhys Lewis, who is leading on the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, noted that stage 2 of the programme will “make sure there is a strong industry-led voice”.

At the event, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles R&D head Simon Shapcott outlined safety, efficiency, mobility and productivity are significant benefits for CAV’s. Shapcott highlighted the challenges that are still need to be addressed, as the government aims for self-driving cars on the road by 2021.

Furthermore, Shapcott explained that market opportunities for CAV’s are reported to be up to £52bn by 2035, with the enabling technology market holding a share of up to £5.2bn.

The challenges include see around corners and objects, processing power and AI, communication speed, cybersecurity, all-weather sensors object detection and identification, and behaviour prediction of objects.

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SAIC Motor Technical Centre UK, CAV project coordinator said that quantum technology applications in sensing, secure communications and computing are “key areas with room for collaboration” between the sectors.

Presenting the opportunities within the rail sector, Network Rail’s Mark Gaddes called on the quantum sector to help eradicate and identify problems for rail.