Check out our latest research on the ramp up of Tesla's Autopilot Driving Unit

The automotive industry shook a little yesterday with Tesla announcing that they are making their patents available to its competitors. We analyzed about 249 of Tesla’s patents & here is what we found overall. (Update. We also did a follow up analysis on  Tesla's patents to reduce battery fires which makes cars safer, lowers insurance costs & reduces the total cost of ownership of electric cars)

The categorization of these patents is an estimate based on analyzing Tesla's patent keywords, reading the abstract and sometimes even diving into the patent to categorize it. Our research & analysis includes patents & lawsuits so our automotive & patent research experience helped us dive into this much faster.

We have categorized about 184 patents & the battery & charging systems seem to have the most amount of patents at 104 & 28 respectively. Based on our estimates, 65 patents of the 249 patents do not fit into these buckets & seem to be very specific. For e.g.  There is a patent related to a vehicle’s suspension called the “Vehicle air suspension control system”. We will continue to analyze further & group some of these patents into smaller categories if it makes sense. We will update this post if anything changes.

Some examples of patents & categorizations are below:


Categorization

Patent #

Patent Title

Battery

US7940028

Electric vehicle extended range hybrid battery pack system

Charging

US20130307475

Charge rate optimization

Motor

US20130241445

Method of operating a dual motor drive and control system for an electric vehicle

User Interface

US8078359

User configurable vehicle user interface

Sunroof

US20130088051

Sunroof positioning and timing elements

Door

US8511738

Method of controlling a dual hinged vehicle door

Cooling & Coolant Systems

US20130327511

Passive air bleed for improved cooling systems

Audio

US20140093107

Automated audio optimization system


We would love to get your feedback on the above analysis in the below comments or at info@autoinsurance.com

About uAutoInsurance:

uAutoInsurance is a car insurance research, analysis & reviews firm. We look at the latest trends in the transportation sector and macro & micro trends affecting your auto insurance. We also publish in depth research at the local level. Here are a few examples of our research in California cities: San Diego Car Insurance Rates Research & Sacramento Auto Insurance Analysis