The NSW Government is partnering up with Q-CTRL to explore quantum computing technology in transport network resilience management, with the possibility to use the world’s smartest computer to tackle Sydney’s complex transport problems.

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, said, “This is a rare opportunity for some of our leading transport innovators and quantum computing experts to come together to tackle complex transport network management and congestion problems.

“Future applications of the technology could include mapping all transport modes and crowd movements simultaneously in real time, and automatically updating the schedule to solve disruption issues.

“We could see all trains, busses, ferries, trams and motorways essentially ‘talking to each other’ to find out where customers are and deploy resources where needed. 

“It could be used for massive public events, like New Year’s Eve or Vivid Festival.”

Q-CTRL Founder and CEO, Professor Michael Biercuk, said quantum computers are an emerging technology that replaces the traditional ‘binary’ computing concepts used in most computers today, and instead uses quantum physics to tackle tough computational challenges in a fraction of the time.

“This technology could completely transform the computing tools available to Transport for NSW in the next few years. The possibilities are endless,” Professor Biercuk said.

The quantum computing research project is one of several initiatives being launched as part of the Future Transport Technology Roadmap.

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