The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by advancements in connectivity, sensors, and telecommunications, and growing importance of technologies such as machine learning, neural network, advanced driver assistance systems, and driverless automobiles. 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 Robotics in Automotive: Autonomous fleet platooning.  Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Autonomous fleet platooning is a key innovation area in robotics 

Each vehicle in the platoon is equipped with radar, cameras and GPS sensors to quickly adapt to changing conditions. The first vehicle (often a truck) will be driven by humans, with subsequent vehicles driving autonomously. Reading the driver’s behaviour allows the self-driving vehicle to adapt and react. Platooning has many benefits, including lowering the total cost of ownership and helping fleets achieve sustainability goals. 

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 autonomous fleet platooning. 

Key players in autonomous fleet platooning – 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 autonomous fleet platooning

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Porsche Automobil Holding 311 Unlock Company Profile
Peloton Technology 106 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 91 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 86 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 75 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 52 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 48 Unlock Company Profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 46 Unlock Company Profile
LG 36 Unlock Company Profile
Lyft 27 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 23 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 23 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 22 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 21 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 21 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 18 Unlock Company Profile
JTEKT 14 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 13 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 12 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 12 Unlock Company Profile
Cartica 11 Unlock Company Profile
DAF Trucks 10 Unlock Company Profile
Thales 10 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 7 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 7 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 6 Unlock Company Profile
DISH Network 6 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 6 Unlock Company Profile
SEW-EURODRIVE 6 Unlock Company Profile
Mando 6 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 5 Unlock Company Profile
Here 5 Unlock Company Profile
Transdev Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment Holding 5 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 5 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Electronics Holding 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Porsche Automobil is engaged in the development, production and sales of automobiles. It works through the Porsche segment (PSE) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The company currently has 311 patents filed in the AI fleet segment. Other companies filing patents in autonomous fleet platooning for the automotive industry include Hyundai and Kia. 

To further understand how robotics is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on 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.