The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by efficiency, performance optimization, regulatory standards, environmental concerns, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, and machine learning. 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: HEV torque control. 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.
HEV torque control is a key innovation area in electric vehicles
HEV torque control is the process of managing and controlling the output torque of electric motors in hybrid electric vehicles. This involves controlling the electric motors to generate a combined torque reference to a total requested torque and ensuring that the desired torque is generated without exceeding any rotational speed limits.
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 HEV torque control.
Key players in HEV torque control – 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 HEV torque control
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Nissan Motor is the leading patent filer in HEV torque control. Nissan’s predictive torque control utilizes data from GPS, traffic conditions, and sensors to anticipate changes in driving conditions. This allows for proactive adjustments in the power distribution between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor, optimizing efficiency. Toyota Motor and Hyundai Motor are some of the other patent filers in this space.
In terms of application diversity, Volvo leads the pack, while Tata Motors and Zhejiang Geely stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Nissan Motor held the top position, followed by Michelin and Mitsubishi Electric.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Electric Vehicles (EV).