The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, which allows vehicles to send, receive, and retransmit data through a wireless mesh network, and growing importance of technologies such as embedded systems that facilitate adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, rear parking sonar, and backup cameras. 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: V2V distance monitoring

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 

V2V distance monitoring is a key innovation area in IoT 

The potential of vehicle-to-vehicle communication to wirelessly communicate data regarding the speed and location of nearby cars offers significant promise in aiding in the prevention of collisions, reducing traffic congestion, and enhancing environment performance. 

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 V2V distance monitoring. 

Key players in V2V distance monitoring – 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 V2V distance monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Toyota Motor 119 Unlock company profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 87 Unlock company profile
Hyundai Motor Group 61 Unlock company profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 59 Unlock company profile
Denso 59 Unlock company profile
Ford Motor 45 Unlock company profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 40 Unlock company profile
Honda Motor 39 Unlock company profile
Kia 29 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 28 Unlock company profile
Mando 27 Unlock company profile
Hyundai Mobis 23 Unlock company profile
Renault 18 Unlock company profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 17 Unlock company profile
Tata Motors 17 Unlock company profile
Continental 16 Unlock company profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 14 Unlock company profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 12 Unlock company profile
General Motors 11 Unlock company profile
Nissan Motor 10 Unlock company profile
Hitachi 10 Unlock company profile
AB Volvo 10 Unlock company profile
Subaru 7 Unlock company profile
Isuzu Motors 7 Unlock company profile
Toyo Tire 7 Unlock company profile
Valeo 7 Unlock company profile
Sharp 7 Unlock company profile
Beijing TuSimple Future Technology 6 Unlock company profile
Maplebear 6 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota engages in the development, manufacture, and trading of V2V distance monitoring systems. The company currently holds 72 filed patents in V2V distance monitoring system for the automotive industry segment. Other innovators in V2V distance monitoring system for the automotive industry are Porsche Automobil, Denso, and Nissan. 

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


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.