About Motorcycle Inertial Measurement Unit Sensor
An IMU is an electronic device that is typically used in automotive applications. It measures and reports a vehicle's specific force (the non-gravitational force per unit mass), angular velocity, and changes in the magnetic field surrounding the vehicle or specific parts of the vehicle.
An IMU usually refers to a fusion sensor unit (a combo sensor), which is basically a box containing three accelerometers and three gyroscopes. The accelerometers are typically oriented in such a manner that their axes are orthogonally placed to each other. Motorcycle IMU sensors are used for increasing the stability of a motorcycle by integrating controls, such as lift-up control and traction control, to provide a safer riding experience.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global motorcycle inertial measurement unit sensor market to grow at a CAGR of 11.06% during the period 2017-2021.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global motorcycle inertial measurement unit sensor market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the new shipment sales revenue and excludes the sales of motorcycle IMU sensors to OEMs for research.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Motorcycle Inertial Measurement Unit Sensor Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global motorcycle inertial measurement unit sensor market: Bosch Sensortec, and Continental.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is Motorcycle sensors expected to adopt MEMS technologies. The unique selling proposition of inertial navigation sensors in their MEMS avatar (MEMS IMUs) is their small size, low cost, and light weight. Therefore, the systems that use mechanical instruments and ring laser gyroscopes are expected to be replaced by interferometric FOG and MEMS technologies. However, ring laser gyroscopes may dominate (in cases where size is not a constraint) due to their extremely high scale factor stability. Continuous developments in MEMS sensors are expected to result in the creation of lightweight inertial sensors that are small, economical, and reliable.”
According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Decline in ASP of MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers. The decline in the ASP of MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers is one of the major drivers that contribute to the growth of the global MEMS IMU systems market. Over the past eight to ten years, the consumer electronics market has gradually emerged as one of the largest adopters of MEMS devices. Large integrated device manufacturers, such as STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments, have reportedly broken the $1 billion mark in terms of MEMS sales revenue. However, a side effect of these rising volumes was the declining ASP of MEMS devices by about 3%-5% per quarter for some of the popular devices and by around 7% for the overall MEMS market.
Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is High packaging cost of MEMS IMU sensors. It is difficult to protect internal components of a MEMS IMU sensor in harsh environments such as heat, moisture, and corrosive chemicals. Because of these adverse factors, contamination enters through the ports of the MEMS. For instance, micro-machined gyroscopes are challenging to develop, commercialize, and package due to their high sensitivity to fabrication and environmental variations. Hence, meeting the desired performance specification along with low-cost and high-yield devices is a complex task and requires a more robust MEMS sensing element. The more robust the MEMS packaged module, the more difficult it becomes to package the MEMS components.
Bosch Sensortec and Continental.