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Automotive Safety System Semiconductors Forecast to Post $7.7 Billion by 2015


September 30th, 2010

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "2010 Semiconductors in Automotive Safety Systems" by Databeans, Inc..

According to a new research study from Databeans, "Safety systems are considered a fast-growing consumer of automotive semiconductors, as both consumers and regulators have been demanding additional safety equipment in vehicles."

Semiconductors for automotive safety systems are projected to achieve $5 billion in revenue for 2010. Furthermore, this sector is expected to grow at an average rate of 9 percent annually through the forecast period with expected revenues totaling $7.7 billion by 2015. The report indicates that total unit shipment will see 11.4 billion in 2010, rising 7 percent annually over the next fiver years to post 15.8 billion in 2015.

Safety systems are classified as either passive or active. Characteristics of active safety systems include those that help drivers prevent accidents such as suspension, steering controls, lighting, tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and lighting. Passive safety systems, on the other hand, help protect vehicle occupants in the event of an accident and these features generally include seatbelts, airbags, collapsible steering columns, vehicle crumple zones, and head restraints.

Congressional hearings during May 2010, in the aftermath of Toyotas major recalls due to serious safety issues, introduced new automobile safety legislation. The proposed new rules would inevitably set more stringent vehicle safety standards while imposing heavy penalties for violations. If put into law, the aforementioned standards would permit criminal prosecutions against automakers as well as require electronics to be insusceptible to malfunction-causing interferences. Additionally, automotive safety systems would require technology that enables the brake pedal to override the throttle in appropriate situations.


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