The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. The automotive industry is innovating in smart vehicle anti-theft technologies, such as GPS tracking, remote immobilization, facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and voice recognition. These technologies help identify authorized users and prevent unauthorized access to vehicles. The automotive industry is also exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to analyze vehicle data and identify theft patterns. As vehicle theft becomes more sophisticated, the automotive industry will continue to develop innovative ways to protect vehicles from theft. This innovation is driven by the need to protect vehicles and provide peace of mind for owners. Smart vehicle anti-theft technologies include AI and ML for analyzing vehicle data, blockchain for creating tamper-proof records, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication for sharing information about theft attempts, and biometric authentication for identifying authorized users. As these technologies continue to develop, they are expected to reduce vehicle theft rates. 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 Cybersecurity in automotive: smart vehicle anti-theftBuy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

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Smart vehicle anti-theft refers to the use of advanced technologies and systems to enhance the security of vehicles and prevent theft. These technologies can include sophisticated latch systems, electronic locking mechanisms, sensors, and control systems that work together to provide a high level of protection against unauthorized access and theft.

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 smart vehicle anti-theft.

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‘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 smart vehicle anti-theft

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nippon Steel 21 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 76 Unlock Company Profile
PHA 6 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson Electric 11 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 4 Unlock Company Profile
MinebeaMitsumi 26 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 1 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 49 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 51 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 2 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 7 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 2 Unlock Company Profile
The Renco Group 16 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsui Mining & Smelting 124 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 36 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 17 Unlock Company Profile
Brose Fahrzeugteile 10 Unlock Company Profile
Kiekert 202 Unlock Company Profile
Daeki Automotive 2 Unlock Company Profile
WITTE Automotive 3 Unlock Company Profile
Huf Hulsbeck & Furst 1 Unlock Company Profile
Body Systems Usa 1 Unlock Company Profile
Yushin Seiki Kogyo 2 Unlock Company Profile
Intier Automotive Closures 2 Unlock Company Profile
Fuzhou Mingfang Auto Parts Industrial 1 Unlock Company Profile
Witte Velbert 2 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

German automotive supplier Kiekert is one of the leading patent filers in smart vehicle anti-theft technology. The company has filed a patent for a motor vehicle door latch with a blocking mechanism to prevent unauthorized access to vehicles. This innovative solution could reduce theft, increase security, and potentially lower insurance premiums.

In terms of application diversity, Daeki Automotive leads the pack, while Cummins and Aisin stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Johnson Electric held the top position, followed by Ford Motor and Nippon Steel.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in 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.