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Japanese quantum startup aims to ease logistics strains

A Star Quantum tests tech with JAL and others to solve thorny problems

A Star Quantum announced in February that it started trials with Japan Airlines to "develop next-generation services." (Source photos by Kei Higuchi and screenshot from A Star Quantum's website)

TOKYO -- A Japanese startup is using quantum computing to calculate the most efficient routes and methods to transport goods, as a labor shortage and increasing demand strains Japan's logistics industry.

Tokyo-based A Star Quantum will provide quantum computing software to three Japanese logistics companies as early as October. The startup's technology can perform complex calculations to determine the best transportation options based on parameters such as cost, type of vehicle and traveling time, helping its customers to minimize the number of drivers needed and to cut costs.

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