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, these technologies are 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 control, power and communications required for these systems.
The X-by-wire global market in the Japan 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, low market penetration, a decrease in cost as the systems become mainstream gradually and a relatively high purchasing power are some of the factors that drive the x-by-wire market in Japan.
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 would also enjoy substantial per vehicle cost savings to boot.
In Japan, fuel-efficiency standards have recently been updated. In March 2015, the advising committee of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) mandated an increase of 26% of fuel economy for light and medium commercial vehicles. This indicates that the drive-by-wire systems have a large market scope in the country.
In this report, the Japanese market for x-by-wire systems has been segmented by type, vehicle type, geography, and vendor.
The high cost of systems and associated components, ongoing research leading to the inadequate speed of updating existing research and subpar implementation and enforcement of the fuel-efficiency laws are some of the bottlenecks to the adoption and proliferation of x-by-wire systems in Japan.
Some of the key players in Japan’s x-by-wire market mentioned in the report are:
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