3 Korean Companies in Global Top 10 for Self-Driving Tech Patents

  • By Lim Kyeong-eop

    October 24, 2019 13:55

    Hyundai Motor, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are among the top 10 companies in the world in terms of patents related to autonomous vehicle technologies.

    According to a report published last week by IPlytics, a German intellectual property research firm, Hyundai ranked sixth with 369 patents and Samsung and LG were tied for seventh with 367 each.

    Hyundai, Korea's largest carmaker, has most patents in self-driving technologies, including the AI-based advanced driver assistance system.

    Samsung's patents are mostly in auto electronic devices, as it acquired the world’s largest connected car and infotainment systems manufacturer, Harman, in 2017. LG holds many patents for communications and connected mobility.

    Toyota has the most patents with 1,143, followed by Ford (1,096) and GM (684).

    Besides Samsung and LG, other non-automakers in the top 10 include Google’s parent company Alphabet, which has a subsidiary that makes self-driving car software, at fourth with 572 patents. Intel and Qualcomm, makers of automotive semiconductors, ranked fifth and 10th, respectively. 

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