The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need to enhance user experience, increased safety, and growing importance of technologies such as sensors and machine learning. 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 parking. 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 parking is a key innovation area in robotics

Autonomous parking is the ability of some automobiles to parallel park automatically by using sensors that detect the curb and nearby parked cars.

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 10 companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of autonomous parking.

Key players in autonomous parking – 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 parking

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nissan Motor 110 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 77 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 64 Unlock Company Profile
LG 27 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 23 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 18 Unlock Company Profile
Mando 15 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 11 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 10 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 6 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Nissan is one of the top automakers in terms of autonomous parking regulation in robotics innovation patent applications. The latest innovation from the company is the newly developed ProPILOT Parking Technology. Other notable patent filers in the innovation area 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.