GlobalData: Floating-Caliper Brakes a Major Innovation

NEW YORK — The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need to enhance driving experience and safety, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, robotics and cloud computing. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Automotive: Floating caliper disc brakes.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

290+ innovations will shape the automotive industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, resilient spoke wheels, auto-transmission lubrication circuits, and ignition switching engines are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Engine purge actuators, electro-dynamic braking, and adsorptive vapor recovery system estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing.

Among maturing innovation areas are collision avoidance braking control system and direct injection type engines, which are now well established in the industry.

Floating caliper disc brakes is a key innovation area in automotive

Floating brake calipers only have pistons on one side of the disc, while having pads that have contact with both sides of the disc. The caliper moves back and forth on bushings or pins serving as a clamp. The disc receives the piston’s push only on the inboard side when the brakes are applied.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies.

According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of floating caliper disc brakes.

Key players in floating caliper disc brakes – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

“Application diversity” measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either “niche” or “diversified” innovators.

“Geographic reach” refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from “global” to “local.”

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