The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in intelligent in-vehicle displays is driven by increasing demand for autonomous vehicles (AVs) and personalized in-vehicle experiences, advancements in curved  and high-resolution organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technologies, and growing importance of technologies such as lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. 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: intelligent in-vehicle displays. 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 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

Intelligent in-vehicle displays is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Intelligent in-vehicle displays refer to advanced display systems installed in vehicles that utilize various technologies and features to provide information, enhance the driving experience, and improve safety. These displays are designed to be interactive, user-friendly, and adaptable to different driving scenarios and conditions. They can include touchscreen interfaces, augmented reality (AR) capabilities, transparent displays, and other innovative features to provide drivers with relevant information and assist with navigation, entertainment, and safety-related functions.

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 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of intelligent in-vehicle displays.

Key players in intelligent in-vehicle displays – 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 intelligent in-vehicle displays

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 3 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 14 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 9 Unlock Company Profile
Flex 1 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 2 Unlock Company Profile
THG 2 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 9 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 5 Unlock Company Profile
The Renco Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Donnelly Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
LG 14 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 8 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 7 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 11 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Byton 4 Unlock Company Profile 3 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Magna International is one of the leading patent filers in intelligent in-vehicle displays. The company has developed curved OLED displays that provide a wider field of view and a more immersive viewing experience for drivers. These displays are also thinner and lighter than traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs), which makes them ideal for use in vehicles. Apart from that Magna is developing touchscreen displays that are easy to use and provide drivers with a more intuitive way to interact with in vitro diagnostics (IVD) features. Some of the key patent filers in this space include LG, Ford Motor, and Honda Motor.

In terms of application diversity, Hyundai Motor leads the pack, while Kia and THG stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Magna International held the top position, followed by Continental and Ford Motor.

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.

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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.