Automotive industry

Big data innovation among automotive companies has plummeted over the past year

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Big data research and innovation in the automotive manufacturing and supply sector has declined over the past year.

The latest figures show the number of big data patent applications in the industry stood at 90 in the three months to October, compared to 189 in the same period last year.

Numbers of big data-related granted patents followed a similar trend to filings – rising from 71 in the three months ending October last year to 50 this year.

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

Big Data is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as a key disruptive force that companies will face in the years to come, and it is one of the areas where companies currently investing resources should reap rewards.

The numbers also provide insight into the biggest innovators in the industry.

Toyota Motor Corp was the leading big data innovator in automotive manufacturing and supply during the past quarter. The Japan-headquartered company filed 25 big data-related patents in the three months to October. That was down from 58 during the same period last year.

It was followed by Germany-based Continental AG with nine big data patent applications, US-based General Motors Co (7 applications), and Japan-based Denso Corp (7 applications).