Big leap in innovation for China’s carmakers, study says

September 11, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Big leap in innovation for China’s carmakers, study says
While Chinese carmakers had hitherto been ahead of the field primarily in the field of electric mobility, they are now also catching up in the connectivity functions and services for cars, as the current Connected Car Innovation Index (CCI) shows. Nine car manufacturers from China made it into the top 20 - more than ever before.

The CCI innovation ranking is published regularly by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), a Germany-based independent institute for empirical automotive research. "The established manufacturers from Europe and the USA are increasingly facing competition from rising stars from China in the field of Connected Car technologies," comments CAM Director Stefan Bratzel. "In some cases, they not only catch up, but can often even increase their innovations. Manufacturers from Europe, Japan and the USA are coming under pressure from the new Chinese players and are now having to catch up enormously in development.

According to CAM analysis, the number of Connected Car innovations (CCI) in the areas of assistance and safety systems, operating and display concepts, and information and communication systems in 2018 remains at the previous year's level with 649 innovations. CCI innovations accounted for more than 53 percent of all innovations made by automakers worldwide. The Chinese carmakers in particular were responsible for this level: Without their innovations, the number of innovations would have fallen from 543 to only 507, which would have meant a decline of almost seven percent compared to the previous year.

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