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.

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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.

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

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Huawei Investment & Holding 6 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 1 Unlock Company Profile
NTT 7 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 7 Unlock Company Profile
Subaru 18 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 36 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 2 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 33 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 1 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 60 Unlock Company Profile
ThyssenKrupp 9 Unlock Company Profile
NTN 4 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 26 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 9 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Deere 6 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 10 Unlock Company Profile
DEKA Research and Development 35 Unlock Company Profile
Kubota 4 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 1 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 10 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 22 Unlock Company Profile
Subaru 7 Unlock Company Profile
Ninebot 4 Unlock Company Profile
Charge Automotive 1 Unlock Company Profile
Arrival 6 Unlock Company Profile
Rivian 3 Unlock Company Profile
Ninebot Beijing Tech 2 Unlock Company Profile
BD Auto and energy 4 Unlock Company Profile

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.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Electric Vehicles (EV).

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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