The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by safety, convenience, emission standards, and growing importance of technologies such as GPS navigation, electrification, and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. 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 Robotics in Automotive: Autonomous mowers.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Autonomous mowers is a key innovation area in robotics

The robotic lawn mower is outfitted with algorithms and sensors, such as a camera, accelerometer, and gyroscope, that allow it to map the area to be worked on.

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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of autonomous mowers.

Key players in autonomous mowers – 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’.

Patent volumes related to autonomous mowers

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Husqvarna 430 Unlock company profile
Honda Motor 292 Unlock company profile
LG 211 Unlock company profile
Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) 193 Unlock company profile
iRobot 104 Unlock company profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 96 Unlock company profile
MTD Products 51 Unlock company profile
Toro Company 38 Unlock company profile
Kubota 36 Unlock company profile
Nanjing Chervon Industry 24 Unlock company profile
F. Robotics Acquisitions 22 Unlock company profile
Techtronic Industries 20 Unlock company profile
Changzhou Globe 15 Unlock company profile
Mamiya-OP 14 Unlock company profile
Yanmar Holdings 13 Unlock company profile
FireFly Automatix 12 Unlock company profile
RobArt 8 Unlock company profile
VIKING INCORPORATED 8 Unlock company profile
Suzhou Baoshide Power Tools 7 Unlock company profile
Briggs & Stratton 7 Unlock company profile
Shanghai Langbo Communication Technology Company 7 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 6 Unlock company profile
Volta Robots SRL 6 Unlock company profile
Vorwerk 6 Unlock company profile
ZMP cooperative 6 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 5 Unlock company profile
Hexagon 5 Unlock company profile
Woodline Partners 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Husqvarna is one of the leading patent filers in autonomous mowers. Husqvarna EPOS (Exact Positioning Operating System) is a game changer for a new line of professional automower robotic lawn mowers. The new Husqvarna automower NERA can operate within virtual boundaries thanks to satellite-based technology. Some other key patent filers in the innovation area include Honda, LG and Positec Power Tools (Suzhou).

To further understand how robotics is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.