Bosch leads the investigation in autonomous cars with 958 patents, almost double that of its immediate competitor.
Between 2010 and 2017, 5,839 patents on autonomous vehicles have been registered. The ranking by companies is led by Bosch, which almost doubles its immediate competitor, according to data from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Thus, the German company has registered 958 patents related to autonomous driving between 2010 and 2017 (data until July). The company that ranks second in the ranking is Audi, with 516; behind it is Continental (439) and a short distance away from Ford (402). They close the classification of the first ten General Motors (380), BMW (370), Toyota (362), Volkswagen (343), Daimler (339) and Google (338).
In April 2017, Bosch announced a collaboration agreement with Daimler for the development of software and algorithms for the design of a self-contained car that could be ready from 2020. In the same line, last summer, the company announced an investment of 1,000 million euros in the start-up of a new production plant in Dresden (Germany) for the manufacture of semiconductors for vehicles without driver, whose inauguration is scheduled for 2019.