The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Increasing development in the vehicle autonomy levels and rising adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are the leading factors creating a demand for anti-collision radars. Activity is driven by growing importance of technologies such as ADAS, collision avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control, adaptive driver alerting systems, and autonomous driving. 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: vehicle anti-collision radars. 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 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

Vehicle anti-collision radars is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Vehicle anti-collision radars refer to a set of technologies and systems that utilize sensors and data processing algorithms to detect and avoid potential collisions with obstacles or other vehicles on the road. These radars work by emitting electromagnetic waves or ultrasound signals and then analyzing the reflected signals to determine the presence and proximity of objects in the vehicle's vicinity. Anti-collision radars continuously monitor the surrounding environment and enable vehicles to automatically apply brakes or provide warnings to the driver to prevent 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 vehicle anti-collision radars.

Key players in vehicle anti-collision radars – 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 vehicle anti-collision radars

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 106 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 147 Unlock Company Profile
Koito Manufacturing 142 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 89 Unlock Company Profile
HL Mando 120 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 639 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 150 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo 265 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 590 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 716 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 205 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 405 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 167 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 142 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 233 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 162 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 83 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 84 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 147 Unlock Company Profile
Kyocera 81 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 364 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 623 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 170 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 116 Unlock Company Profile 204 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 457 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 206 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 132 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 336 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 112 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 82 Unlock Company Profile
Uhnder 126 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 96 Unlock Company Profile
SSW Partners 107 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the leading patent filers in vehicle anti-collision radars. The recent innovation of the company has helped to integrate collision warning systems into motorcycles for improving the rider's safety. The company has also recently developed automated vehicle maneuvering solutions. Driverless maneuvering technology of the vehicles mitigates the risk of accidents or damage caused by collisions. Some other key patent filers in the space include Toyota Motor, Alphabet, and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

In terms of application diversity, Kia leads the pack, while HL Mando and Hyundai Mobis stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Nissan Motor held the top position, followed by Komatsu and Alphabet.

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.