The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by adoption of battery electric vehicles, extensive use of batteries, from the extraction of raw materials to the electricity used, and growing importance of technologies such as cobalt and natural graphite in lithium-ion batteries and nickel-metal hydride batteries. 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 Innovation in Automotive: Battery damage mitigation. Buy the report here.
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, eccentric crankshaft gears, retarder brake system, and closed-circuit liquid cooling are disruptive technologies that should be actively monitored as they develop and go into use. Bio-fuel ICEs, electromagnetic valve actuators, and road friction estimation are some of the rapidly developing industries where usage has been rising over time. Among maturing innovation areas are tyre bead fillers and vehicle turbochargers, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry
Battery damage mitigation is a key innovation area in automotive
In order to ensure the safety of electric vehicles, a battery management system (BMS), which controls the electronics of a rechargeable battery, whether a cell or a battery pack, is essential. By ensuring that the cell runs within its safe operating limitations, it protects both the user and the battery.
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 battery damage mitigation.
Key players in battery damage mitigation – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘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 battery damage mitigation
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
One of the top companies for the automobile industry's battery Damage Mitigation patent filings is Toyota, which develops and manufactures automobiles and automobile-related products such as vehicles, engines, car air-conditioning compressors, and car electronics components. Porsche Automobil, Ford, and Kia are a few further significant automotive patent filers.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.