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The global automotive electronic control unit (ECU) market size was at 6.20 billion units in 2018. It is projected to reach 12.92 Billion units by 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 11.9% during the forecast period.
Technology upgradation to improve fuel efficiency and emission control by the manufacturers will majorly drive the market. Stringent government regulations to lower the emission of vehicles, and rising sales of new vehicles will also influence the growth of electronic control unit market over the forecast period. Increasing demand for electric vehicles will also help in the lucrative growth of the market.
The increasing adoption of electronic systems over mechanical systems has made way for technological advancements such as infotainment, power steering, cruise control, in-car connectivity, heads up display system, and mobility in the vehicles. In modern self-driving autonomous cars, LiDAR sensor technology with an electronic control unit is used eventually. The increasing demand for internal combustion engine vehicles and rising disposable income will create significant market opportunities.
The growth of electronic control unit market has been subsidized by the rising demand for alternative vehicles such as electric and hybrid cars from developed countries. The electronic control unit is a device that alternates, regulates, and oversees a car’s electronic system operations. There are many applications of the electronic control unit, such as the engine control module that is responsible for tuning the ignition and evaluating the load of the engine, which delivers peak performance and economy, which ultimately results in better fuel consumption.
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The transmission control module controls the automatic gear shifts of the vehicle and provides precise and suitable gear shifts that further saves fuel consumption. The body control module controls the electric windows, door locks, and climate systems. Increasing installation of electric windows and central locking system by OEMs will propel growth of the body control module application. In modern cars, the telematics control module is installed in the car for its onboard services such as GPS navigation, internet, and phone connectivity.
“Rising Adoption of Battery-powered and Hybrid Electric Vehicles to Drive Growth”
The rising adoption of battery-powered and hybrid electric vehicles by end-users owing to a reduction in fuel consumption is one of the major factors driving the electronic control unit market. This, in turn, has forced the manufacturers to produce technologically advanced components that would help in contributing to fuel efficiency and fewer emissions. The rising sale of BEVs is anticipated to propel the growth of ECU as BEVs consist of the majority of electronic components that are monitored by ECU. The automotive electronic control unit majorly monitors components namely, engine management system, brake control module, engine control unit, powertrain system, and climate control system.
“Stringent Government Regulations Regarding Vehicle Safety and Emission Norms”
The rising number of deaths caused by road accidents have forced the governing bodies worldwide to impose strict rules on automotive companies to manufacture technologically advanced vehicles. The majority of governments have come up with stringent regulations to minimize the number of road accidents and death tolls. For example, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) was launched by China and Europe. This program has made it compulsory for manufacturers to equip the vehicles with safety systems such as lane departure warning systems and ABS. Lack of sensors and safety features in vehicles has proven to be more prone to road accidents.
“ADAS to Hold the Largest Market Share During Forecast Period”
The automotive electronic system is equipped in numerous applications that include engine, powertrain, braking system, body electronics, ADAS, and infotainment. ADAS is anticipated to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to its advanced monitoring features such as tire pressure monitoring system, blind-spot detection, ABS, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ADAS also consists of an advanced vision system for quick monitoring and feedback.
This vision system gets input from various sensors equipped in the vehicle and provides vital information to the end-user. Rising adoption of these safety features and sensors is directly accelerating the demand for ECUs. Major companies are focusing on developing a technologically advanced ADAS system that consists of driver monitoring system, voice-operated system, and touch-free human interference system.
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The infotainment system is projected to be fastest-growing segment over the forecast period owing to increasing inclination towards in-vehicle infotainment system. Rising demand for park assist, climate control, and voice assistance system in luxury vehicles is one of the major reasons for growth of infotainment system in automotive electronic control unit market.
“Passenger Vehicles Segment is Anticipated to Dominate the Market”
By vehicle type, the ECU market is segmented into passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. A passenger vehicle is anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period amid high production and sale of vehicles globally. Rising preference for advanced safety features and comfort in luxury cars is also one of the major factors accelerating the growth of passenger vehicles. Asia Pacific is projected to dominate the passenger vehicle segment due to the presence of major key players in this region. Technological innovation and high investments in R&D by key players may help to maintain dominance of passenger vehicles during the forecast period. LCV is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period owing to the rising implementation of basic safety features namely, ABS and tire pressure monitoring systems in these vehicles.
“Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Anticipated to Exhibit Significant Growth”
By fuel type, electronic control unit is fragmented into internal combustion engine, hybrid and battery-powered. The internal combustion engine is anticipated to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to the increasing production and sales of vehicles in developing countries such as India and China. However, the growth rate for the internal combustion engine ECU market is expected to be mediocre amid the increasing sales of HEVs and BEVs in the European and North American Region.
The hybrid electric vehicle segment is anticipated to grow significantly owing to its capability to offer an extended driving range and lighter weight of vehicles owing to less usage of traditional parts, which, in turn, leads to good fuel efficiency and fewer emission levels. Rising government initiatives such as Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles (FAME) to promote the use of electric vehicles is also expected to accelerate the ECU market. The high initial cost of a hybrid vehicle is expected to hinder the growth of HEVs
Asia-Pacific is anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period owing to stringent government regulation on vehicle emission and increasing sales of new vehicles. The high penetration rate of electrification has been witnessed by this region owing to the presence of China and Japan. The advancement of electric vehicle technology is from automakers from Japan, and China is the leader of the electric vehicle market. These factors regarding the development of electric vehicles are anticipated to show growth in the ECU market in this region. The region holds the most significant market share in terms of both volume and revenue.
Europe is estimated to show lucrative growth in the market owing to the growing demand for communication & infotainment features for passenger & luxury cars. The ever increasing focus by major automotive manufacturers on providing comfort and luxury features will also help the market to grow in this region.
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North America is expected to exhibit growth over the forecast period owing to the steady adoption rate of hybrid and electric vehicles. Increasing demand for electric vehicles from this region owing to stringent government regulation about vehicle emission will also help to propel the growth of the ECU market. Technological advancement in the electronic control unit by major manufacturing industries towards the advanced driver-assistance system will help this region to show growth over the forecast period.
“Market players like Altera, Autoliv, Hyundai Mobis, Delphi Technologies, and ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG will ensure to strengthen the market position concerning supplying automotive electronic control units across the globe”
The automotive electronic control unit market is dominated by some of the leading players due to their critical strategic decisions, robust product portfolio, and significantly high market share. These consist of a group of 4-5 key companies with more extensive geographic presence and persistent R&D, resulting in secure regulatory approvals. Expected execution of the most important strategic decisions such as the acquisition of Altera (Intel Corporation) by Key Safety Systems, Inc. is further expected to associate the significant revenue share amongst crucial companies.
The increased awareness of safety and protection system and new product launches based on advanced technologies are expected to increase the global automotive electronic control unit (ECU) market growth.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the automotive electronic control unit market is projected to reach USD 12.92 Billion units by 2026
In 2018, the automotive electronic control unit market value was 3.56 billion units
The automotive electronic control unit market will exhibit a CAGR of 11.9% in the forecast period (2019-2026)
The application segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Increased stringent regulations by governments to reduce the vehicle emissions will drive the growth of the automotive electronic control unit market.
ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, Hyundai Mobis, Delphi Technologies, and Robert Bosch GmbH are the top players in the market
Asia-Pacific is expected to hold the highest share in the automotive electronic control unit market.
Increasing usage of electric vehicles, stringent government norms, and new product launches would drive the adoption of automotive electronic control unit.
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