The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as safety, emission standards, reliability, and ride comfort and growing importance of technologies such as smart tread, open design, anti-skid arms made of resilient elastic attached to the wheel rim. 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 Innovation in automotive: anti-skid tire treadsBuy 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 stabilizing 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.

300+ innovations will shape the automotive industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresight, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over one million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, integrated multi-motor drivetrains, electric power steering (EPS), and post-collision handing are useful technologies that are in the early stages of wider application and should be tracked closely. Variable compression engines, V2V distance monitoring, and turbocharger shaft bearings are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and plasma-jet ignition, which are now well-established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry

Anti-skid tire treads is a key innovation area in automotive

Antiskid tire treads provide a secure, comfortable ride on snow and ice and significantly increase safety due to their wear-resistant and antiskid design. They also guarantee a smooth ride for the car by having excellent grip performance.

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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of anti-skid tire treads.

Key players in anti-skid tire treads – 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 anti-skid tire treads

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Kumho Tire 25 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 2975 Unlock Company Profile
Nexen Tire 14 Unlock Company Profile
Camfin 460 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 2489 Unlock Company Profile
Yokohama Rubber 2374 Unlock Company Profile
Trinseo 31 Unlock Company Profile
Zeon 38 Unlock Company Profile
Toyo Tire 370 Unlock Company Profile
Nokian Tyres 32 Unlock Company Profile
KCC 9 Unlock Company Profile
Kuraray 32 Unlock Company Profile
JSR 11 Unlock Company Profile
Goodyear Tire & Rubber 372 Unlock Company Profile
Hankook Tire & Technology 131 Unlock Company Profile
Asahi Kasei 43 Unlock Company Profile
Saudi Arabian Oil 19 Unlock Company Profile
Synthos 9 Unlock Company Profile
LG 12 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Chemical 24 Unlock Company Profile
Apollo Tyres 18 Unlock Company Profile
Cheng Shin Rubber Industry 19 Unlock Company Profile
Exxon Mobil 21 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 720 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 3487 Unlock Company Profile
Seino 409 Unlock Company Profile
Societe De Technologie Michelin 10 Unlock Company Profile
Koofy Innovation 12 Unlock Company Profile
China National Tyre & Rubber 9 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Yokohama Rubber is one of the leading patent filers in anti-skid tire treads. It recently developed a new, non-directional tread pattern that provides outstanding traction in both forward and reverse modes, while enhancing efficiency. Some other key patent filers in the innovation area include Sumitomo Electric Industries, Bridgestone, Michelin, and Continental.

In terms of application diversity, KCC held the top position, while Saudi Arabian Oil and JSR stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Zeon leads the pack, followed by Trinseo and LG.

To further understand the key themes and technologies 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.