The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the emergence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), and need for vehicle safety and security, and the growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence and Edge AI applications. 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 dashboard camerasBuy 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 tyre 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 dashboard cameras is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

A vehicle dashboard camera also known as a driving recorder or event data recorder (EDR) is an onboard camera that constantly records the view through a vehicle's front windscreen and sometimes rear or other windows.

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 dashboard cameras.

Key players in vehicle dashboard cameras – 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 dashboard cameras

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Volvo 57 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 63 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Sheet Glass 73 Unlock Company Profile
Faurecia 89 Unlock Company Profile
Koito Manufacturing 101 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 314 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 121 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 433 Unlock Company Profile
Nifco 115 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo 215 Unlock Company Profile
Webasto 77 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 85 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 123 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 184 Unlock Company Profile
Aptiv 57 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 118 Unlock Company Profile
Ricoh 58 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 302 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 53 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain 303 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 247 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 168 Unlock Company Profile
Samvardhana Motherson International 86 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 93 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 58 Unlock Company Profile
LG 93 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 355 Unlock Company Profile
AGC 53 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 319 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 137 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 343 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 53 Unlock Company Profile
Huf Hulsbeck & Furst 246 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 132 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Compagnie de Saint Gobain is one of the leading patent filers in the vehicle dashboard cameras innovation area. The company’s dashboard cameras auto-save footage when impacts are detected. It protects against fraudulent insurance claims, deters theft, and can lower car insurance premium. It also features night or low vision, voice control, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Toyota, Denso, Ford, and Continental are some of the other key players in the space.

In terms of application diversity, Nippon Sheet Glass held the top position, while Ricoh and Alphabet stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain leads the pack, followed by Koito Manufacturing and Ricoh.

To further understand how Internet of Things is 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.