The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by increasing popularity of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), governments around the world implementing regulations to promote the adoption of FCEVs, FCEV fuel monitoring systems becoming more sophisticated and accurate due to technological advancements, and decreasing cost of FCEV fuel monitoring systems, and growing importance of technologies such as data acquisition systems, data analytics software, 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 Fuel cells in automotive: FCEV fuel monitoringBuy 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.

FCEV fuel monitoring is a key innovation area in fuel cells

Fuel cell electric vehicle fuel monitoring is the process of keeping an eye on and managing the fuel delivery system. This involves monitoring the state of charge of the vehicle’s battery, emitting alarms when the state of charge reaches critical levels, and managing the power supply system to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.

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 FCEV fuel monitoring.

Key players in FCEV fuel monitoring – 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 FCEV fuel monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Volvo 77 Unlock Company Profile
Shandong Heavy Industry Group 27 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 106 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 47 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 27 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 1650 Unlock Company Profile
iRobot 273 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 146 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 122 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 88 Unlock Company Profile
Husqvarna 139 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 755 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 343 Unlock Company Profile
Yamaha Motor 42 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 50 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 75 Unlock Company Profile
Sandvik 56 Unlock Company Profile
Suzuki Motor 193 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 547 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 85 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 110 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 325 Unlock Company Profile
Proterra 25 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 121 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 167 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 73 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 74 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 440 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 42 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 114 Unlock Company Profile
CRRC Group 45 Unlock Company Profile
Nio 43 Unlock Company Profile
Superpedestrian 51 Unlock Company Profile
Hyliion 41 Unlock Company Profile
Grove Hydrogen Automotive 42 Unlock Company Profile
Elways 27 Unlock Company Profile
Kibbutz Yizreels 28 Unlock Company Profile
Dyson 65 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is a leading patent filer in FCEV fuel monitoring, followed by Hyundai Motor. Toyota is using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new FCEV fuel monitoring systems that can more accurately predict hydrogen consumption and identify potential problems. Toyota is also exploring the use of blockchain technology to develop more secure and tamper-proof FCEV fuel monitoring systems. Some other significant patent filers in the space include Honda Motor, Kia, and Nissan Motor.

In terms of application diversity, Nio leads the pack, whole iRobot and Superpedestrian stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, BYD held the top position, followed by iRobot and Dyson.

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

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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.