The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need for comfort and better driving experience, and growing importance of technologies such as magnetic dampers and active curve tilting. 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 Innovation in Automotive: Wheel suspension mounted dampers. 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 stabilising 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.

290+ 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 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, resilient spoke wheels, auto-transmission lubrication circuits, and ignition switching engines are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Engine purge actuators, electro-dynamic braking, and adsorptive vapour recovery system estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are collision avoidance braking control system and direct injection type engines, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry

Wheel suspension mounted dampers is a key innovation area in automotive

Wheel suspension-mounted dampers are like shock absorbers but feature hydraulic suspension components that keep a car's springs from bouncing uncontrollably over bumps and potholes. They control the bouncing movement of the spring by providing resistance, to ensure that the tyres remain in contact with the road.

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 50+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of wheel suspension mounted dampers.

Key players in wheel suspension mounted dampers – 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 wheel suspension mounted dampers

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Porsche Automobil Holding 98 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 82 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 78 Unlock Company Profile
Hendrickson USA 64 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 63 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 52 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 49 Unlock Company Profile
KYB 42 Unlock Company Profile
ThyssenKrupp 41 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 36 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 32 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 26 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 25 Unlock Company Profile
AB SKF 19 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 17 Unlock Company Profile
Vibracoustic 17 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 17 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 17 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 16 Unlock Company Profile
Isuzu Motors 16 Unlock Company Profile
Vibracoustic Nantes SSA 14 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 13 Unlock Company Profile
Yamaha Motor 13 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 13 Unlock Company Profile
Immsi 12 Unlock Company Profile
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT 12 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Mondragonoracion Cooperativa 10 Unlock Company Profile
Gestamp 2020 9 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 9 Unlock Company Profile
Schaeffler 9 Unlock Company Profile
SAF-HOLLAND 9 Unlock Company Profile
Polaris 9 Unlock Company Profile
Tenneco 8 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 8 Unlock Company Profile
Benteler International 8 Unlock Company Profile
NTT 8 Unlock Company Profile
BeijingWest Industries 8 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 8 Unlock Company Profile
Anvis Deutschland 8 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 7 Unlock Company Profile
Freudenberg 7 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing West Industries 7 Unlock Company Profile
REYCO GRANNING 6 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 6 Unlock Company Profile
Mando 6 Unlock Company Profile
ILJIN 6 Unlock Company Profile
AGCO 5 Unlock Company Profile
ClearMotion 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Porsche Automobil is a key player in the wheel suspension mounted dampers innovation area. Porsche’s wheel suspension mounted dampers actively and continuously adjust the damping force on each wheel based on road conditions and driving style. Drivers’ can change the tuning of their wheel suspension-mounted dampers with the touch of a button. Bayerische Motoren Werke, Ford, Hyundai, and Honda are some of the other key players.

To further understand the key themes and technologies 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.