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 garagesBuy the report here.

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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 (2021 - 2023) 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.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.