ACC to become available on mid-size vehicles in next few years
Costs have been falling slowly but steadily over the years, and now a new development promises to bring significant price reductions for the consumer, said the research firm.
While cameras and lidar sensors are still contributing to ACC systems, especially for the low-speed and stop-and-go features, the core component is still the radar sensor.
With Freescale Semiconductor announcing in November 2010 that its Xtrinsic chipset is going into production, the new silicon-germanium technology will allow automotive radar sensors to benefit from the efficiency of the latest CMOS manufacturing techniques. Other suppliers are likely to follow.
ABI Research still doesnâ€™t see any proposed financial incentives to encourage the public to invest in speed control systems, but the latest new car assessment program assessments are now including driver assistance systems, and manufacturers will have to start offering them to maintain high star ratings. Research has shown that both ACC and ISA can have beneficial effects on traffic flow when used in sufficient numbers.
David Alexander, principal analyst at ABI Research, said: â€œThe highest cost component of ACC has always been the radar sensor. And now the cost advantages of silicon technology are going to take effect. We project that, by 2016, the lower costs will play a big part in increasing volumes and push the global market value up to $30 billion.â€
Larry Fisher, research director at ABI Research, said: â€œWe also expect intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems to begin appearing in 2013. However, rather than being pushed as the next big thing, ISA will take the form of an add-on feature to increase the value of existing packages that include navigation systems and forward-looking camera sensors.â€
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