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 x-by-wire 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 United States is worth USD XX billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD XX billion by 2020, at a CAGR of XX%. Increasing focus on fuel-efficiency, 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 gradually become mainstream and a relatively high purchasing power are some of the factors that drive the x-by-wire market in the United States.
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 the United States, fuel-efficiency standards are stringent while implementation operates below full capacity. Nevertheless, the country’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law, instated in 1975, dictates that fuel economy for cars must improve from the current level and has been adopted in Canada and Mexico as well. This indicates that the drive-by-wire systems have a large market scope in the country. This report segments the American market for x-by-wire systems by type, vehicle type, region, 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 the United States.
Some of the key players in the x-by-wire market of the US mentioned in the report are:
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