The feasibility of getting unmanned vehicles on the road, which is often seen in science-fiction movies, is ever increasing thanks to the rapid development of relevant technologies. According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on July 2, 144 patent applications were made on technologies related with an unmanned autonomous driving vehicle for the last ten years from 2003 to 2012.
There were only two to ten patents applied for from 2003 to 2007. The number has, however, surged to 20 or more per annum since 2008. Hyundai-Kia Motor Group topped in the number of patent applications, accounting for 15% of the total, followed by Mando and ETRI (8% respectively) and KAIST (6%). Looking at the technologies, 24% of the patent applications were on image sensors, followed by artificial intelligence technologies (18%) and driving controls (11%). And other technologies related to map information, GPS utilization, road facilities and communications with other vehicles are being developed as well.
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