Automotive industry

Artificial intelligence innovation among auto industry companies has plummeted in the past year

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Artificial intelligence research and innovation in the automotive manufacturing and supply sector has declined over the past year.

The most recent figures show that the number of AI patent applications in the industry stood at 279 in the three months ending September, up from 405 in the same period last year.

AI patent grant numbers have followed a similar trend to filings – dropping from 150 in the three months ending September of last year to 141 this year.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, along with official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas and linked to key companies from various industries.

AI is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as a key disruptive force for businesses in the years to come, and it is one of the areas where companies investing resources are now expected to reap rewards.

The numbers also provide a snapshot of the industry’s top innovators.

Toyota Motor Corp was the leading AI innovator in the automotive manufacturing and supply industry in the past quarter. The company, which is headquartered in Japan, filed 62 AI-related patents in the three months ending in September. This was down from 93 during the same period last year.

It was followed by the American company Ford Motor Co with 50 IA patent applications, the American company General Motors Co (47 applications) and the Japanese company Honda Motor Co Ltd (19 applications).