The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by increased demand for comfort and convenience by consumers and growth in the premium vehicle segment. Adaptive active suspension system is related to a vehicle suspension control system, which is adaptable to the predicted condition of road surfaces. The device is a combination of many instruments and sensors that can adjust automatically. This helps improve the vehicle’s ride comfort, handling, and safety. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial intelligence in Automotive: Adaptive active suspension systems. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

290+ innovations will shape the automotive industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, manufacturability analysis, autonomous parking, and lidar for vehicle anti-collision are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Speed profile estimation, smart light dimmers, and driver drowsiness detection are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are road slope estimation and adaptive cruise control, which are now well established in the industry.

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Adaptive active suspension systems are a set of sensors and microprocessors used to monitor the abnormal conditions of a road in real time. A centralised electronic control unit (ECU) is used to process the data derived from sensors to adjust the suspension system of the car to create smooth and safe driving experience.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 40+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of adaptive active suspension systems.

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‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to adaptive active suspension systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Porsche Automobil Holding 143 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 102 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 95 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 68 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 53 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 47 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 44 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 41 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 33 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 24 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 22 Unlock Company Profile
Aktv8 20 Unlock Company Profile
Hendrickson USA 20 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 20 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 20 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 19 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 18 Unlock Company Profile
Polaris 16 Unlock Company Profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 16 Unlock Company Profile
KYB 15 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 14 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 13 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 13 Unlock Company Profile
BRP 12 Unlock Company Profile
ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India 11 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 11 Unlock Company Profile
SAF-HOLLAND 11 Unlock Company Profile
Fox Factory Holding 10 Unlock Company Profile
Haldex 10 Unlock Company Profile
Royal IHC 10 Unlock Company Profile
CNH Industrial 10 Unlock Company Profile
Clearmotion Acquisition I 10 Unlock Company Profile
Kelso Technologies 9 Unlock Company Profile
Grammer 9 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 9 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 8 Unlock Company Profile
Lucid Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
ClearMotion 7 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 7 Unlock Company Profile
Bose 7 Unlock Company Profile
Oshkosh 6 Unlock Company Profile
Subaru 6 Unlock Company Profile
Land Rover UK 6 Unlock Company Profile 5 Unlock Company Profile
Mando 5 Unlock Company Profile
Caterpillar 5 Unlock Company Profile
Floor Master 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Porsche Automobil Holding engages in the development, manufacture, and trading of automobiles. It operates through the Porsche (PSE) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) segments. The company currently holds 143 filed patents in the adaptive active suspension systems segment. All its cars come pre-installed with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system (PASM). Other companies in adaptive active suspension systems are Toyota, Tata Motors and Nissan. To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Automotive.

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