The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are advancing anti-spin systems, using advanced sensor technology, computing power, and control strategies to predict spin risks and warn vehicles of potential hazards. AV anti-spin systems in automotive industry include LiDAR, radar, machine learning, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication, enhancing safety and reliability through advanced technologies. 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: AV anti-spin 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 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 Foresights, 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 handling are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of 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 the 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

AV anti-spin systems is a key innovation area in automotive

AV anti-spin systems refer to a set of technologies and algorithms used in autonomous vehicles to prevent spinning out or skidding during hazardous situations such as abrupt turns, sudden acceleration, or hard braking. These systems employ various sensors and control units to monitor external environment factors such as road conditions, vehicle speed, steering wheel angle, and braking pattern and apply corrective measures to maintain traction and avoid wheel slippage.

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 AV anti-spin systems.

Key players in AV anti-spin systems – 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 AV anti-spin systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Liebherr-International 5 Unlock Company Profile
J C Bamford Excavators 6 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 8 Unlock Company Profile
HL Mando 5 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 11 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 105 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 6 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 3 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 2 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 8 Unlock Company Profile
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 4 Unlock Company Profile
LG 9 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 11 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 2 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 47 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 10 Unlock Company Profile
SZ DJI Technology 11 Unlock Company Profile
Optimum Semiconductor Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 13 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 5 Unlock Company Profile
Uatc 1 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 2 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Alphabet is one of the leading patent filers in AV anti-spin systems for the automotive industry, filing the most patents in recent years. The company's latest patent focuses on a system using sensors to detect wheel spinning and calculate corrective actions, demonstrating its commitment to developing innovative safety technologies for autonomous vehicles. Intel and Stella Vermogensverwaltungs are some of the other key patent filers in this space.

In terms of application diversity, Magna leads the pack, while Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Intel held the top position, followed by Alphabet and Stella Vermogensverwaltungs.

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.