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Toyota acquired 2 753 automobile patents in 2021

This is the largest number by any automaker in the US. It is 2% less than in 2020 when it won 2 819. Most of the firm’s patents are related to electric vehicles, battery technology, autonomous driving systems, software and artificial intelligence (AI).

Toyota’s lead in patent acquisition in the US market underscores its commitment to innovation. Speaking on the development, Toyota North America’s Sandra Phillips-Rogers said, “The number of issued patents is a testament to Toyota’s vast R&D efforts and the team members who bring these technologies to life.”

The auto giant’s patent portfolio focuses on technology that will allow its cars to operate autonomously and safely. Its research efforts include systems for vehicle-to-vehicle communications and detecting pedestrians or cyclists, thereby helping prevent accidents.

Revving up for full mobility

Toyota sees the development as setting the stage for its transformation into a mobility firm. Its IP and patent licensing lead Frederick Mau affirm, “This year’s patent list represents our efforts with respect to vehicle electrification, as evidenced by pioneering battery technology, as well as new IP to support Toyota’s transition into a mobility company.”

It is investing most of its R&D resources in its Woven Planet Group (WPG). WPG will guide Toyota’s development of autonomous driving and groundbreaking mobility tech. The company has stepped up the development of “Arene,” its motor vehicle operating system that it intends to incorporate into its cars by 2025.

Read the full story here: Toyota Motors acquired 2,753 patents in the U.S, recording a 2% drop from 2020

Source: Elizabeth Kerr []

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