The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in tire monitoring sensors is driven by the need to increase safety and improve vehicle stability, reduce the risk of accidents, improve fuel efficiency, and growing importance of technologies such as 5G connectivity, integrated systems, artificial Intelligence (AI). 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: tire monitoring sensors. 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

Tire monitoring sensors is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Tire monitoring sensors are devices installed in tires to collect data related to tire performance. These sensors can detect parameters such as pressure, temperature, and tread condition, which can be used to improve safety on the road. Monitoring sensors help extend the life of tires by ensuring they are not over-or under–inflated, reducing wear and tear.

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 tire monitoring sensors.

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‘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 tire monitoring sensors

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Bridgestone 300 Unlock Company Profile
Korean Air Lines 6 Unlock Company Profile
Camfin 8 Unlock Company Profile
NTT 6 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 180 Unlock Company Profile
Yokohama Rubber 129 Unlock Company Profile
Sokensha 16 Unlock Company Profile
Toyo Tire 98 Unlock Company Profile
Nokian Tyres 11 Unlock Company Profile
Kobe Steel 14 Unlock Company Profile
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 5 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 5 Unlock Company Profile
Verneuil Participations 11 Unlock Company Profile
TDK 11 Unlock Company Profile
Goodyear Tire & Rubber 67 Unlock Company Profile
Trelleborg 13 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 9 Unlock Company Profile
Hankook Tire & Technology 53 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 9 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 6 Unlock Company Profile
Nitto Denko 16 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 111 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 97 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 64 Unlock Company Profile
Seino 23 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Oita Taiheiyo Kogyo 11 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Soken 11 Unlock Company Profile
Provana Quality Center 5 Unlock Company Profile
Lyten 18 Unlock Company Profile
Ldl Technology 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Bridgestone is one of the leading patent filers in tire monitoring sensors. The company introduced smart strain sensor technology, which helps to measure the dynamic change in strain that occurs when a tire is in use. Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Yokohama Rubber, and Denso are some other key patent filers in tire monitoring sensors.

In terms of applications diversity, Korean Air Lines leads the pack, while Nippon Soken and Sokensha stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Nitto Denko held the top position followed by Kobe Steel and Nokian Tyres.

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.