The future of intelligent transportation systems built on IoT solutions is expected to not only enhance efficiency with minimal human intervention but also to fundamentally change how transportation is perceived. Netscribes draws the spotlight on key research and innovations occurring in the automotive IoT space and the top companies driving the shift towards connected and autonomous cars.

The ecosystem of the connected vehicle industry

Connected Car Ecosystem
services and applications

Services and Applications

Sensor data is enabling predictive maintenance, security, safety, and monitoring of connected cars. UI/ UX based navigation systems, infotainment services, entertainment control options, biometric-based security applications are some of the chief capabilities they offer.

vehicle communications

Vehicle Communications

Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication allows data sharing such as telemetry, location, speed, and information about near-by road conditions. They help maintain higher levels of safety and accident prevention.

intelligent transport

Intelligent Transport

Smart systems provide a precise idea of the number of vehicles, potential traffic obstructions, levels of available parking, and more. GPS, RFID tags, and cellular networks are enabling electronic toll collection.

supply chain management

Supply Chain Management

IoT based SCM systems can track and ensure the quality of each vehicle component from raw material procurement to final delivery. It offers increased visibility and end-to-end optimization of processes at every stage of the supply chain.

new generation cars

New Generation Cars

Higher capacity batteries, highway-based charging stations, lower-priced cars, and innovations in wireless charging technology, are all pointing to the one fact: the next generation of connected cars will be electric.

The patent landscape of connected cars

Netscribes conducted a patent search focused on 10 years (2008-2017) of innovation in the US – the hotbed of innovation in the automotive IoT space. It captured pertinent patents within the connected/ autonomous/ self-driving/ driverless cars and related domains.

Overall Assignee Distribution

Top Assignee Distribution

Most active non-automakers in connected car patenting and their key focus areas

Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon Communication and Honeywell are few other major companies focused on automotive IoT technologies.


Driver Assistance V2V


Wireless communication in vehicles


Networking/communication in vehicles




Connected Vehicle Network


Sensor, Battery, Electric Vehicle Parts


Sensors – LiDAR



Total connected car patents

While non-automakers are the most active patentees, a majority of the patents are held by some of the top automakers and OEMs.

Technology focus areas of the ten most active assignees

The darker the green the more active the company.

Active focus areas of other important patent holders in the connected vehicle space

The darker the green the more active the company.

Market growth in the automotive IoT space

The global automotive IoT market is expected to reach USD 106.32 billion by 2023. The introduction of high-speed mobile networks like 5G and beyond is set to facilitate this growth through faster data transfers, response times, and enhanced vehicular communication.

Global revenue forecast of the automotive IoT market (USD billion)

A global outlook across key markets in the automotive IoT industry

North America is the largest automotive IoT market, accounting for 47 percent of global automotive IoT revenues in 2017.

Market share in 2017: Region-wise

Expected market share by 2023 : Region-wise

Preparing for an IoT-enabled automotive future

unity in leadership

Vision Unity and Leadership

Carmakers need to accept their new role in the changing landscape and render their domain expertise to software and platform providers.

service oriented roadmap

Service-Oriented Roadmap

Companies must move from being product makers to having a service-oriented strategy that relates to customer needs across the product lifecycle.

Data and Collaboration Strategy

Data and Collaboration Strategy

Companies must define clearly-established policies and protocols regarding data.

Upgrade Capabilities

Upgrade Capabilities

Automakers should consider including software and platform development as a part of their core competencies.

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