X-by-wire or drive-by-wire system is the use of electromechanical technology in cars to replace mechanical linkages. There are different types of x-by-wire technologies in the marketplace like throttle-by-wire systems, brake-by-wire systems, steer-by-wire systems and park-by-wire systems. At present, this technology is implemented separately in the engine control, braking or steering system. The x-by-wire technology has been in use in aerospace and is now finding its application in the automotive industry. One of the major factors helping the automotive manufacturers to incorporate this feature in vehicles is the availability of a variety of semiconductor ICs that are cheap and can meet the cost targets to provide the control, power and communications required for these systems.
The x-by-wire global market in Germany is estimated to be worth USD XX billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD XX billion by 2020 at a CAGR of X.X%. Stringent fuel-efficiency laws, advancements in research maximizing the marginal time savings by substituting mechanical linkages with electrical ones, decrease in cost as the systems become mainstream gradually and a relatively high purchasing power drive the x-by-wire market in Germany.
Reduction of mechanical parts on account of replacement by electrical systems also contributes to making vehicles lightweight, thereby improving fuel-efficiency of cars- a condition that has been mandatory in most developed and several developing countries in the world. It is clear that going forward, as these technologies become more efficient and affordable and fuel-efficiency laws become more comprehensive and stringent globally, the market for x-by-wire systems is bound to grow. The car manufacturers who implement this will also enjoy substantial per vehicle cost savings to boot.
In Germany, fuel-efficiency standards are stringent and are known to have forced high profile vehicle brands like Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and others to overhaul their existing systems, ensuring the drive-by-wire systems a large market scope in the country. This report segments the German market for x-by-wire systems by type, vehicle type, region, and vendor.
The high cost of systems and associated components and ongoing research leading to the inadequate speed of updating existing research are some of the bottlenecks to the adoption and proliferation of x-by-wire systems in Germany.
Some of the key players in Germany mentioned in the report are:
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