The world of transportation is undergoing a radical change with the the introduction of digital technologies in its business processes and operations. The ridesharing model, which uses an app for the customers and drivers to connect directly, offers multiple advantages, such as simplicity and ease of use, reduced travel costs, less traffic congestion and consequently less pollution.
Many companies around the world offer ridesharing services. Platforms such as Uber, Lyft (U.S.A.), Didi Chuxing (China) and Ola (India) are disrupting the automobile sector with their innovative smart mobility solutions and services.
In this post, we present a competitive landscape by comparing the patent portfolios of three major ridesharing companies – Uber, Lyft and Didi Chuxing.
Figure 2 shows the competitive landscape for the top technology segments. Uber leads in most of the technology categories followed by Didi Chuxing. It is also seen that Uber’s patent assets in navigation and GPS technologies are comparable to those of autonomous vehicle companies. Didi Chuxing has a strong patent coverage in data processing related technology categories.
A detailed analysis of the top three common CPC codes shows that Uber has early filings in technologies covered by these codes. However, Didi Chuxing has bulked up its patent portfolio in these areas in recent years.
For the CPC Codes such as G06Q 50/30 (transportation related communications), G06Q 10/02 (reservations), G06Q 10/06 (scheduling), and G06Q 10/04 (demand/price forecasting), Didi Chuxing owns a larger number of patent assets than Uber, while Uber has a higher number of patents for all the other top CPC codes.
Shanghai Liangming Technology Development Company and GETT/ GETTAXI could be potential leads for either acquiring or licensing patent assets – for Uber, Didi and Lyft to improve their respective patent positions in different technology categories. Our report provides a detailed analysis of the patent assets held by these potential leads vis-à-vis Uber, Lyft and Didi, across the different technology categories.
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