As the automobile industry moves full speed ahead, more and more tech companies are jumping on board, filing patents for autonomous vehicles, new battery technology and innovative infotainment systems.
In the last ten years, Samsung has filed more than 500 auto-related patents, most of which are focused on battery technology. Samsung SDI, a division of the company focused on "creating innovative renewable energy and energy storage system with cutting-edge technology," is responsible for several of Samsung’s auto advancements, particularly the development of its lithium-ion batteries. These batteries have applications that reach far beyond mobile devices, and as the technology continues to improve, Samsung is looking to bring its product to a variety of new markets.
Apple is also giving the auto industry some attention with over 80 related patents filed in the last ten years. Rumor has it that the company is working on the production of its own electric car, a project the company has called "Titan." Though most of the project details have been kept under wraps, word is spreading that Titan could launch as early as 2019.