The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing penetration of electronics into vehicle systems to make mobility safer and intelligent and enhance in-car experiences. Megatrends governing the auto industry include more connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles that have led to the 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 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in automotive: vehicle relay attack prevention. Buy the report here.
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.
Vehicle relay attack prevention is a key innovation area in cybersecurity
Relay attacks, also referred to as the two-thief attack in computer security, are a subset of hacking methods similar to relay attacks and man-in-the-middle attacks. An attacker intercepts and modifies communications between two parties that were started by one of the parties in a traditional man-in-the-middle attack.
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 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of vehicle relay attack prevention.
Key players in vehicle relay attack prevention – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘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 vehicle relay attack prevention
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Ford is one of the top patent filers in vehicle relay attack prevention. Ford revealed that the Fiesta and Focus cars will be the first vehicles to come equipped with a sleep mode to fend off hacking by relay car thieves. Denso, Continental, and Toyota Motor are some of the other notable patent filers in the vehicle relay attack prevention space.
In terms of application diversity, Apple held the top position, while Denso and Toshiba stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Sumitomo Electric Industries leads the pack, followed by Gogoro and Apple.
To further understand how cybersecurity is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in Automotive.