Far beyond traditional automobile manufacturers, Samsung seems to be working relentlessly and has filed the highest number of patents for self-driving cars in the world within last one year.


The European Patent Office (EPO) compiled the data showing a number of applications related to self-driving cars filed in Europe, and as many as 922 applications tallied in 2011, which had spiked to 3,998 in 2017. The data shows that during this duration of 2011-2017, numerous tech-giants had conducted intensive research and were seeking to file patients for their innovations in the self driving car segment. Meanwhile, with the Japanese techine Samsung Electronics held the most patents at 624, followed by US IT giant Intel Corp with as many as 590 reports.

The US-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. held 361 patients, followed by Samsung’s smaller South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc. with 348 and German engineering firm Bosch with 343. This analysis lets the world know that in the ICT sector, these tech giants are making more efforts to secure self-driving technologies compared with traditional vehicle manufacturers. Among top 10 players in the ‘Game’, Bosch, Toyota Motor Corp., and Continental AG were related to the motor industry. Analysis and data-compilation by Korea Institute of Intellectual Property shows that Hyundai Motor Co. filed the highest number of related patents over the 2008-2017 period in the country at 981, followed by Hyundai Mobis Co. with 686 and Mando Corp. with 564.