Technical Trends of Rearview Mirrors

Rearview mirror-related patent application trends of Gentex, Tokai Rika, Hyundai group, and others



  This report created by MarkLines focuses on a number of technical topics surrounding the automotive industry, and is based on patent information obtained from the "Technical Information Distribution Service-swimy" information service provided by Toyota Technical Development Corp. (TTDC). The two business areas of TTDC are in the fields of intellectual property (IP) and measurement control solutions. The intellectual property (IP) side of TTDC is involved in the collection and analysis of information on automotive technology developments globally, and provides services such as consulting for research planning, applying for patents in foreign languages, and technical translation.

  This article describes the trends, by company, from 2011 onwards, of patent applications submitted for rearview mirrors (room mirrors, side mirrors). In recent years, rearview mirror technology has been advancing with respect to the digitization of smart rearview mirrors.

 The number of patent applications submitted for rearview mirrors was flat from 2011 to 2014, but has been rising since 2014. In recent years, a significant number of patents have been submitted by companies including Gentex Corporation, Tokai Rika Co., Ltd., Hyundai Motors, SMR Patents, and Hyundai Mobis.

 Concerning the development items of applicants with a large number of patent applications, Gentex has applied for “Vehicular rearview mirror elements and assemblies incorporating these elements '', Tokai Rika has applied for “Vehicle mirror device '', Hyundai Motors has applied for “Inside mirror assembly for vehicle '', SMR Patents has had the highest number of applications for its “Rearview device with moveable head assembly”, and Hyundai Mobis has had the highest number of applications for its “Rear camera apparatus”.


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