The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the increasing penetration of electronics into vehicle systems to make mobility safer and intelligent and enhance driving and in-car experiences, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, robotics and cloud computing. 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 lane change. Buy the report here.
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 lane change is a key innovation area in robotics
Auto lane change is a system that actively detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and, when clear, performs a lane change manoeuvre at the driver’s request.
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 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of autonomous lane change.
Key players in autonomous lane change – 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 lane change
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
One of the top companies in autonomous lane change innovation is Ford. The company continues to improve hands-free driving by introducing BlueCruise 1.2 and Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2, which include new features such as hands-free lane changing and system updates to create a more human-like driving experience. Nissan and Toyota are a few other significant players in the autonomous lane change innovation area.
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