The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as convenience, minimizing personal effort and improving efficiency, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, smart sensors, and automated valet robots. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Robotics in automotive: automated garages. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Automated garages is a key innovation area in robotics
Automated garages are garages where entry and exit can be electronically controlled remotely. They also have various other custom functions such as maintaining ambient temperatures, lighting etc.
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 automated garages.
Key players in automated garages – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to automated garages
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Giken||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hyundai Elevator||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toyota Motor||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|IHI||38||Unlock Company Profile|
|BYD||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dongfeng Motor||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Vinci||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hyundai Motor||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|State Grid Corporation of China||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Honda Motor||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Porsche Automobil||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mahle||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|LG||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Westfalia Technologies||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Denso||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sumitomo Heavy Industries||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Continental||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Kia||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|NEC||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dayang Parking||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|China Communications Construction Group||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Nio||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|H3 Dynamics||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Youon Technology||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shanghai dianba new energy technology||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Jiaxing Zhixing Internet of Things Technology||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Inner Mongolia Juneng Energy Service||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mitsubishi Heavy Ind Parking||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hefei City Chunhua Hoisting Machinery||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Anhui Huaxing Intelligent Parking Equipment||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Aulton New Energy Automotive Technology||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Bozhon Precision Work Technology||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Xi'An Tgood Intelligent Charging Technology||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Anhui Evs Green Energy Technology||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hefei Weihua Intelligent Parking Equipment||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shaanxi Longxiang Parking Equipment Group||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shanghai Nextev||1||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shenzhen Yeefung Automation Technology||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Compleo Charging Solutions||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Parking Cloud||4||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
IHI is the leading patent filer in the automated garages innovation area. It recently developed the automated storage/retrieval system (ASRS), which allows vertical parking of cars with maximum utilization of space up to the ceiling thanks to an integrated structure of racks (shelves) and cranes. Other key patent filing companies in the automated garages innovation area include Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and BYD.
In terms of application diversity, Youon Technology held the top position, while Parking Cloud and NEC stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, IHI leads the pack, followed by H3 Dynamics and Vinci.
To further understand how robotics is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.