Toyota Ranked as Top Automotive Innovator for Third Consecutive Year
York Township, Mich. (June 5, 2017) – In the quickly evolving world of mobility, staying ahead of the technology curve is no easy task. For the third year in a row, Toyota hasn’t just kept up with the pack, they’ve set the pace. A recently released report, “Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2016,” which is published by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), shows that Toyota was awarded 1,540 U.S. patents in 2016 — more than any other automaker.
Toyota was also, once again, the only automaker listed in the top 20 patent awardees. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft.
“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development. “Toyota’s industry-leading patent numbers illustrate the company’s continuous success as global mobility and innovation front runner.”
With cutting edge systems like Toyota Safety Sense™ and Entune 3.0, Toyota continues to lead the way in anticipating and engineering ever-better cars and technology.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) aims to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. In fact, Toyota is the leader in automotive patents, including autonomous vehicle patents (over 2,000). Centered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toyota puts the brightest thinkers from all across America together to focus on letting people live more safely and comfortably. Globally, Toyota spends approximately $1 million per hour on R&D to ensure that Toyota rapidly and continuously develops cutting-edge, high-quality, and appealing vehicles.
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