The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by enhanced driving experience, convenience and safety, and growing importance of technologies such as electrification, connected and autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and sensors. 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 Internet of Things in Automotive: Autonomous lane change. Buy the report here.

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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, smart car seats, tyre sensors, and predictive maintenance systems are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Acoustic vehicle signalling devices, brake temperature monitoring, and autonomous parking are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are disc brake actuators and AI-assisted dimming, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for IoT in the automotive industry

Autonomous lane change is a key innovation area in IoT

Auto lane change is a system that detects vehicles in the driver's blind spot and, when clear, carries out a lane change movement at the driver's request.

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 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of autonomous lane change.

Key players in autonomous Lane change – 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 autonomous lane change

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Ford Motor 436 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 422 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 284 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 271 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 209 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 201 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 184 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 182 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 143 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo 134 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 119 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 116 Unlock Company Profile
Faurecia 112 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 90 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 90 Unlock Company Profile
LG 88 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 78 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 62 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 57 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 54 Unlock Company Profile
Mando 54 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 53 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 49 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 42 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 35 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 33 Unlock Company Profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 31 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 28 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 23 Unlock Company Profile
MiddleGround Capital 21 Unlock Company Profile
Guangzhou Xiaopeng Automobile Technology 19 Unlock Company Profile
Subaru 17 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 15 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment Holding 14 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo Comfort & Driving Assistance 14 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 14 Unlock Company Profile
PACCAR 12 Unlock Company Profile
Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group Company 12 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 12 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi 12 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 11 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 10 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 10 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent Holdings 9 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 8 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing TuSimple Future Technology 7 Unlock Company Profile
Here 7 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 7 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kk 6 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Tianma Microelectronics 6 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Ford is one of the leading patent filers in the autonomous lane change innovation area. Ford has released the first major update to its BlueCruise advanced driver-assist system, which includes hands-free lane changing. Ford will introduce Bluecruise 1.2 in the 2023 Mustang Mach E. Some other key patent filing companies in this area include Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai.

To further understand how IoT is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things (IoT) in Automotive.

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