Global Automotive Hill Descent Control Market 2016-2020
HDC is a controlled downhill descending technology that allows the vehicle to descend a slope at a controlled speed. It works in tandem with ABS and traction control to manage the speed of each wheel independently to maximize the grip of each wheel to the terrain. In 1993, Bosch first introduced HDC to the industry when it designed an HDC system for Land Rover Freelander model. However, this feature was criticized by enthusiasts as the descent speed was considered too fast to be labeled as controlled descent.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global automotive hill descent control (HDC) market to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% during the period 2016-2020.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global automotive hill descent control (HDC) market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches for different vehicle types, where the market is derived from the overall HDC system application volume.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Automotive Hill Descent Control (HDC) Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global automotive hill descent control (HDC) market: Bosch, Continental AG, ZF TRW, Hyundai Mobis, and WABCO Vehicle Control Systems.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Murata, and Delphi.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Growing importance of autonomous terrain profiling and driving system will be a key trend for market growth. Auto manufacturers are investing heavily in R&D for autonomous terrain identification and driving. The focus of the auto makers will be to design a system that can predict the terrain on which the vehicle is driving. Auto makers like Jaguar Land Rover use technologies like surface identification and 3D path sensing, terrain-based speed adaptation, overhead clearance assistance, and connected off-road convoy in their terrain prediction and assistance systems.”
According to the report, surge in demand for off-road and multi-utility vehicles will be a key driver for market growth. All-terrain vehicles offer a large market for HDC systems. Currently, HDC systems are offered in most four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive off-road vehicles. However, the market has seen the recent introduction of HDC in two-wheel drive off-road vehicles as well. Now, many off-road automakers offer HDC as a standard feature in their vehicles. Although the demand for off-road vehicles in the developed economies showed slow growth in the recent years, the market in developing economies like India and China promise huge growth potential due to regulatory relaxations.
Further, the report states that one of the challenges for the market will be lack of automation and thermal damage to brake components due to prolonged use. use of HDC can temporarily disable the system due to overheating of the braking system. On top of that, HDC must be activated manually rather than being triggered automatically as per the slope of the terrain. Rather than using a temperature sensor, HDC system uses a programmed logic in the ECU to predict the temperature of the brake system based on different conditions. Sometimes, the programmed logic provided to the ECU may provide faulty dataset due to presence of different driving conditions across the globe. This can lead to thermal wear and tear in the brake components due to intensive braking by the HDC system.
Bosch, Continental AG, ZF TRW, Hyundai Mobis, and WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, Murata, Delphi.
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