The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in smart batteries is driven by cost efficiency, predictive maintenance, energy efficiency, and longevity, and growing importance of technologies such as edge computing, battery management system (BMS), Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, 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 Internet of Things in automotive: smart batteries. 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

Smart batteries is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Smart batteries refer to batteries that have integrated technology and intelligence to monitor and manage their own performance. These batteries are equipped with sensors, microcontrollers, and communication capabilities to collect and analyze data, enabling them to optimize their operation, monitor their health, and provide valuable information to users.

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 smart batteries.

Key players in smart batteries – 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 smart batteries

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 31 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 23 Unlock Company Profile
Stanley Black & Decker 40 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 152 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson & Johnson 22 Unlock Company Profile
EnerSys 29 Unlock Company Profile
SK Innovation 35 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung SDI 177 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 169 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 24 Unlock Company Profile
MinebeaMitsumi 49 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 83 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 44 Unlock Company Profile
O2Micro International 53 Unlock Company Profile
Japan Tobacco 35 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 23 Unlock Company Profile
Cosmo Electronics 40 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 27 Unlock Company Profile
GS Yuasa 70 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 148 Unlock Company Profile
Techtronic Industries 21 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 39 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 37 Unlock Company Profile
Baxter International 47 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 25 Unlock Company Profile
LG 651 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 54 Unlock Company Profile
Yazaki 44 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 62 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 40 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 23 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 26 Unlock Company Profile
Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications 51 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 73 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

LG is one of the leading patent filers in smart batteries. The company’s bidirectional inverters facilitate bidirectional energy flow, allowing smart batteries to discharge power back to the grid or share energy with other devices. It allows smart batteries to participate in grid services, supporting grid stability and demand response. Some other key patent filers in this space include Samsung SDI and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

In terms of application diversity, Cosmo Electronics leads the pack, while Honda Motor and Johnson & Johnson stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Baxter International held the top position, followed by Cosmo Electronics and Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications.

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.