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Corporate Japan taking leap into quantum computing

Traffic control, materials design among the promising applications

Germany's Volkswagen researched traffic flow optimization on a quantum computer of Canada's D-Wave Systems.

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers are applying ultrafast quantum computing to product and service development, with autoparts maker Denso aiming to unclog traffic and chemical company JSR looking to speed up the design process for new materials.

Operating on a different principle than their conventional counterparts, quantum computers exploit the multiple simultaneous states of subatomic particles to crunch numbers faster. They can solve in minutes some calculations that would take standard computers thousands of years.

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