The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the rise of connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as the critical need for dependability and trustworthiness for passenger safety, environmental protection and passenger comfort, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, sensors, and Internet of Things. 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 Cloud in Automotive: AI-assisted adaptive control systems.
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, EV discharge prediction, manufacturability analysis, and AI-assisted CAD are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Vehicle head up displays (HUDs), gesture-sensing AR/VR interfaces, and instrument cluster dashboard are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are HUD dashboards and remote trip monitoring, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for cloud in the automotive industry
AI-assisted adaptive control systems is a key innovation area in cloud
In order to account for changing process circumstances, an adaptive control system automatically modifies the controller's parameters.
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 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of AI-assisted adaptive control systems.
Key players in AI-assisted adaptive control systems – 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 AI-assisted adaptive control systems
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Fanuc is one of the leading patent filers in AI-assisted adaptive control systems. The company offers several solutions in auto industry like adaptive control systems technology based on AI applications are becoming increasingly important for the future of adaptive control systems. AI methods are increasingly being used at various levels of car control systems, from single automation devices to real-time control of optimization of a car. Some other key patent filers in the space include Strong Force Iot Portfolio 2016, Factual, Omron, and Siemens.
To further understand how cloud is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.