The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) active safety is driven by increasing demand for EVs, advances in sensor technology, increasing computing power, tightening government safety regulations, consumer demand for advanced safety features, and growing importance of technologies such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), and camera-based systems, V2V communication, and artificial intelligence (AI) 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 Electric vehicles in automotive: EV active safety. 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.
EV active safety is a key innovation area in electric vehicles
EV active safety refers to the various systems and technologies implemented in electric vehicles (EVs) to enhance safety and prevent accidents. These systems utilize sensors, control algorithms, and actuators to monitor the vehicle’s behavior, detect potential hazards, and take corrective actions in real-time. EV active safety systems aim to improve traction, stability, and maneuverability by actively controlling the vehicle’s acceleration, braking, and steering, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall safety during EV operation.
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 EV active safety.
Key players in EV active safety – 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 EV active safety
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Hitachi is one of the leading patent filers in EV active safety. It filed patents for methods and system of detecting obstacles and mitigating collisions. Hitachi has a strong track record in commercializing EV active safety solutions and contributes to vehicle safety and environmental sustainability. Some other key patent filers in this space include Toyota Motor and DEKA Research and Development.
In terms of application diversity, Deere leads the pack, while Kubota and BD Auto and Energy stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, DEKA Research and Development held the top position, followed by Hitachi and ThyssenKrupp.
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