The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by major automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) working towards the development of software to create an ideal in-car experience for drivers, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, robotics 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: Data-driven control systems. 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.

Data-driven control systems is a key innovation area in cloud

Information gathering, administration, and display are all handled by data-driven systems and apps, which are specialised software solutions. The software tools, methods, and procedures used to create these systems are typically the same as those used to create any other sort of software.

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 data-driven control systems.

Key players in data-driven control systems – 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 data-driven control systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Toyota Motor 387 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 244 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 204 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 199 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 137 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 124 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 121 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 120 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 105 Unlock Company Profile
INRIX 92 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 86 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 85 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 77 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 71 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 67 Unlock Company Profile
Superpedestrian 61 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 58 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 54 Unlock Company Profile
LG 54 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 52 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 48 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 33 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 29 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 29 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 29 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 28 Unlock Company Profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 27 Unlock Company Profile
TomTom Telematics 26 Unlock Company Profile
KPIT Technologies 25 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 22 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 20 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 18 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 18 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 17 Unlock Company Profile
BlackBerry 15 Unlock Company Profile
Webfleet Solutions 15 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 14 Unlock Company Profile
Allison Transmission Holdings 14 Unlock Company Profile
Faurecia 13 Unlock Company Profile
Centro Ricerche Fiat 13 Unlock Company Profile
Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz 12 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo 12 Unlock Company Profile
Iveco Group 12 Unlock Company Profile
AVL List 12 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment Holding 11 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 10 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 10 Unlock Company Profile
Pioneer 9 Unlock Company Profile
Thunder Power Hong Kong 9 Unlock Company Profile
Dyson Holdings 8 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

One of the top companies for the automobile industry's data-driven control systems patent filings is Toyota with 387 patents. The corporation is primarily concerned with the design, production and marketing of data-driven control systems equipment. Ford, Baidu etc. are a few further significant automotive patent filers.

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.