The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in collision avoidance system is driven by increasing use of radar, lasers, and cameras to monitor the road ahead and provide real-time alerts about potential hazards, and growing importance of technologies such as adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, and lane departure warning systems. 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 Internet of Things in automotive: collision avoidance systems. Buy the report here.

Smarter leaders trust GlobalData

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 stabilizing 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.

300+ 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 one million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, LiDAR scanners, smart automotive lighting, and autonomous steering are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Vehicle sensor network, AV tire health monitoring, and collision avoidance systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among the maturing innovation areas are remote trip monitoring and smart speed governors, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the automotive industry

Collision avoidance systems is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Collision avoidance systems refer to technologies and methods implemented in vehicles to prevent collisions or minimize the impact of collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles. These systems use sensors, cameras, radar, and algorithms to detect potential collisions and provide timely warnings or take autonomous actions to avoid accidents.

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 collision avoidance systems.

Key players in collision avoidance systems – 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 collision avoidance systems

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Volvo 29 Unlock Company Profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 125 Unlock Company Profile
FedEx 63 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 59 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 258 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 260 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 437 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 44 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 143 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 49 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 63 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 55 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 113 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 37 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 52 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 34 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 205 Unlock Company Profile 80 Unlock Company Profile
LG 88 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 77 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 49 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 128 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 297 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 522 Unlock Company Profile
Polaris 33 Unlock Company Profile
Uber Technologies 56 Unlock Company Profile
Peloton Technology 73 Unlock Company Profile
Nio 27 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 48 Unlock Company Profile
Gogoro 28 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing TuSimple Future Technology 35 Unlock Company Profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 30 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Ford Motor is one of the leading patent filers in collision avoidance systems. Ford introduced a pre-collision assist feature using camera technology to help drivers both during daytime and nighttime to identify a possible collision with a car or pedestrian in front of them. It can lessen the severity of a frontal collision and perhaps prevent one in certain situations. An alarm sound and an alert message appear in the message center if a possible collision is detected. Furthermore, the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system allows brakes to engage on their own when the driver doesn't intervene and an accident is about to happen.

Some other key patent filers in this space include Alphabet, Intel, and Baidu.

In terms of application diversity, FedEx leads the pack, while State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and Gogoro stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, FedEx held the top position, followed by Intel and Polaris.

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

Data Insights


The gold standard of business intelligence.

Blending expert knowledge with cutting-edge technology, GlobalData’s unrivalled proprietary data will enable you to decode what’s happening in your market. You can make better informed decisions and gain a future-proof advantage over your competitors.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.