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Autonomous Car Startup Waymo and Its Patent Deployment Strategies

  • Report

  • 19 Pages
  • January 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 4904380

Waymo is a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google) and focuses on the development of hardware, software, and systems related to autonomous driving. To reduce the construction cost of autonomous driving sensor systems and accelerate the industrialization of autonomous cars, Waymo announced in 2017 that it would invest in production plans for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems in autonomous cars. The measurement range of Waymo's standalone LiDAR sensors can reach a high-level of performance. This report looks at the key areas of Waymo's patents in associated with autonomous driving, explores the key technology fields of its patents, and examines its patent deployment strategies.

List of Topics

  • Development of Waymo, touching on its key milestones in autonomous driving
  • Detailed patent mining analysis for Waymo by application year, by sector, by field, and by technology
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Table of Contents

1. Key Milestones of Waymo

2. Patent Deployment Analysis
2.1 Patent Mining
2.2 Patent Analysis
2.2.1 Analysis by Application Year
2.2.2 Analysis by Sector
2.2.3 Analysis by Field
2.2.4 Analysis by Sector and by Application Year
2.2.5 Analysis by Technology
2.2.6 Analysis by Technology and by Application Year

3. Author's Perspective
List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1 Matrix Analysis of Waymo Patent Counts by Patent Sector and Application Year, 2010-2018
Table 2 Waymo Patent Share by Technology
Table 3 Waymo Patent Counts by Technology and by Application Year

List of Figures
Figure 1 The Illustration of Waymo’s Sensing Systems in Autonomous Cars
Figure 2 Waymo Patent Counts by Application Year
Figure 3 Waymo Patent Share by Sector
Figure 4 Waymo Patent Share by Field



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Alphabet
  • Google
  • Toyota
  • Velodyne Lidar
  • Waym


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

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Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis