The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by electrification, connected vehicles, and autonomous vehicles, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cyber security, and cloud computing. 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 fault monitoring.  Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

AI-assisted fault monitoring is a key innovation area in cloud 

The AI detection system employs artificial neural networks (ANNs) as the core fault detector to rapidly predict a malfunction in the vehicle. The detection system gives early warning to the vehicle user in case of an unexpected issue with the vehicle during driving. 

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 fault monitoring. 

Key players in AI-assisted fault monitoring – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry  

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to AI-assisted fault monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
International Business Machines 186 Unlock Company Profile
People.ai 142 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 103 Unlock Company Profile
Aurora Labs 83 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 66 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 64 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 56 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 49 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 40 Unlock Company Profile
MondayCom 38 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 36 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 34 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture 31 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 26 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 25 Unlock Company Profile
Capital One Financial 23 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 21 Unlock Company Profile
SAP 19 Unlock Company Profile
Juniper Networks 18 Unlock Company Profile
Drishti Technologies 18 Unlock Company Profile
Applied Materials 16 Unlock Company Profile
Deutsche Telekom 15 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 15 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 15 Unlock Company Profile
ServiceNow 14 Unlock Company Profile
Desktone 14 Unlock Company Profile
Amazon.com 14 Unlock Company Profile
MBDA France 14 Unlock Company Profile
Sophos Holdings 13 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment Holding 12 Unlock Company Profile
Cisco Systems 12 Unlock Company Profile
Ab Initio Software 12 Unlock Company Profile
Atos 10 Unlock Company Profile
BMC Software 10 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 10 Unlock Company Profile
Datameer 10 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 10 Unlock Company Profile
HP 9 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Sons Pvt 9 Unlock Company Profile
Xerox Holdings 9 Unlock Company Profile
New Relic 9 Unlock Company Profile
Scaled Inference 9 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 8 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 8 Unlock Company Profile
KDDI 8 Unlock Company Profile
Lumen Technologies 7 Unlock Company Profile
eBay 7 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Western Digital 7 Unlock Company Profile
Verizon Patent And Licensing 7 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Information technology giants, IBM and Microsoft, lead in number of patents filed in AI-assisted fault monitoring systems. These companies are working on several AI solutions to be employed in the auto industry. Some of the areas included are automotive engineering simulation workloads, fault injection detectors, and light-weight fault localisation systems. Other major companies filing patents in the area are People.ai, Oracle , Dell Technologies, and Aurora Labs. 

To further understand how cloud 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.