Driverless cars technology


Published: 2 March 2020

The Road Ahead for autonomous vehicles: a patent report


Studying the most recent 20 years by families, applications & grants shows that the driverless cars technology area is a fast-growing one. In fact, the number of applications has increased almost exponentially between 2009 and 2017.

Patent landscape reports give a snapshot of the patents in a specific subject area or which cover a type of technology. The reports can be used to visualise and discover existing gaps in relevant areas, gain competitive intelligence by understanding the current landscape, predict where your market is heading and spot trends in areas of interest to aid investment. They are a critical step in research and development as well as a competitive or patent strategy for any company or institution.

This article outlines the key fields of interest regarding autonomous vehicles based on patent classifications, and identifies the top assignees and jurisdictions by families.