Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
November 12, 2021

Cambridge Quantum and DB team up to enhance train scheduling

DB Netz currently offers service for 420 railway undertakings using a course network of round 33,300km.

Cambridge Quantum (CQ) has joined forces with German Deutsche Bahn Netz AG (DB) to look into the potential of quantum computers in enhancing rescheduling of rail traffic.

This alliance has been forged under DB’s long-term transformative plan, Digitale Schiene Deutschland.

The plan intends to digitise DB’s infrastructure and railway system utilising modern technologies.

This partnership will join DB’s operations research expertise and CQ’s combinatorial optimisation algorithm Filtering Variational Quantum Eigensolver (F-VQE).

Under this collaboration, the duo will use quantum algorithms and domain-specific modelling for a ‘faster and greener’ transportation network.

Cambridge Quantum CEO Ilyas Khan said: “We are very excited to be working with Deutsche Bahn to explore and demonstrate the utility of today’s Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) processors to solve real-world problems in the transport and logistics sector.

Content from our partners
Four principles to harness data for asset management
The green transportation revolution: An unprecedented opportunity to invest in the future

“Deutsche Bahn’s research and development efforts in this area are of critical importance, and we are confident that over time as quantum computers start to scale, our work with the will lead to a meaningful contribution towards a cleaner and greener future.”

Digitale Schiene Deutschland capacity and traffic management system lead Michael Küpper said: “The collaboration with CQ is a perfect example of how Deutsche Bahn is working as a partner with industry providers and combining our relative expertise towards a goal neither side can achieve alone. By working with CQ, we have fine-tuned our research and development plans and taken the first steps in defining a future quantum-advantaged train timetabling system.”

DB Netz currently provides service for 420 railway undertakings (RUs) using a course network of round 33,300km.

In February this year, Knorr-Bremse reached a cooperation agreement with Deutsche Bahn on the intelligent use of train operating and vehicle subsystem data.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The railway industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU