The aerospace and defense industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by automation, operational efficiency, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and digital identity. As modernization requirements continue to drive investment within both the civil and military aerospace sectors, widespread demand for AR/VR aerial mapping has incentivized significant innovation within the field of virtual and augmented reality. In the last three years alone, there have been over 237,000 patents filed and granted in the aerospace and defense industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Virtual and augmented reality in defense: AR/VR aerial mapping. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 206,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the aerospace and defense industry, there are 110 innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
AR/VR aerial mapping is a key innovation area in virtual and augmented reality
AR/VR aerial mapping refers to creation, visualization and analysis of aerial maps using augmented reality and virtual reality technologies with the help of images, video, audio, weather conditions, thermal signatures, and other parameters. These technologies create immersive virtual environments and additional information in real time enhancing the mapping experience and analysis of aerial data. This data can then be processed and used in tasks such as insurance assessments, surveying, and crop phenotyping.
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 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established aerospace and defense companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of AR/VR aerial mapping.
Key players in AR/VR aerial mapping – a disruptive innovation in the aerospace and defense industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to AR/VR aerial mapping
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Boeing is one of the leading aerospace and defense companies that has filed patents pertaining to AR/VR aerial mapping. The company, through its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, filed patent related to virtual reality system for aerial vehicle.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the aerospace and defense industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Virtual and Augmented Reality in Aerospace and Defense.