The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the growing prevalence of charging stations and battery technology range improvements, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). 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 Innovation in Automotive: E-scooters.

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, resilient spoke wheels, auto-transmission lubrication circuits, and ignition switching engines are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Engine purge actuators, electro-dynamic braking, and adsorptive vapour recovery system estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are collision avoidance braking control system and direct injection type engines, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry

E-scooters is a key innovation area in automotive

Electric scooters, known as e-scooters, are powered by a rechargeable battery with a range of approximately 20-60km per charge and a maximum speed of approximately 15km/h. E-scooters operated by shared services are equipped with GPS systems to enable users to locate them easily. Users can register, pay, unlock and lock e-scooters through a mobile phone app.

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 E-scooters.

Key players in E-scooters – 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 E-scooters

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Honda Motor 311 Unlock company profile
Yamaha Motor 87 Unlock company profile
Kymco Motors 39 Unlock company profile
Suzuki Motor 23 Unlock company profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 23 Unlock company profile
Lyft 18 Unlock company profile
Neuron Mobility 18 Unlock company profile
UJET 17 Unlock company profile
Immsi 14 Unlock company profile
Future Motion 14 Unlock company profile
Kwang Yang Motor 13 Unlock company profile
Ford Motor 12 Unlock company profile
Ninebot Beijing Tech 8 Unlock company profile
Razor USA 7 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 7 Unlock company profile
TVS Group 6 Unlock company profile
NEW POWER CONCEPTS 6 Unlock company profile
Neutron Holdings 5 Unlock company profile
Robo3 5 Unlock company profile
Askoll EVA 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Honda Motor is a key player in the E-scooters innovation area. The company’s new electric scooters will be able to support different types of battery architecture and installations including fixed battery and swappable battery formats. Honda will launch two e-scooters in March 2024, with one E-scooter featuring a fixed battery setup, whereas the other will utilise swappable battery technology. Yamaha Motor, BMW and Suzuki Motor are some of the other key players.]

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


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.