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Global Automotive Electronic Controlled Unit Market, By Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicle, Luxury Vehicle, Commercial Vehicle), By Application Type (Safety & Security, Powertrain, Chassis Electronics, Entertainment, Communication & Navigation) - Competitive Landscape & Growth Potential Analysis, 2021-2031

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By supervising the mechanism of fuel injection, idle speed, spark engine, and valve timings, automotive electronic control units promote the smooth operation of cars and so improve their performance. At the moment, freshly produced automobiles use approximately 80-100 ECUs, whereas premium vehicles use approximately 100-150 ECUs. The paradigm change from mechanical to electronical systems by the main vehicle manufacturers is largely responsible for the increased use of ECUs. For example, 150 ECUs are installed in BMW 7 series premium vehicles, including safety and security control modules, human machine interface (HMI) and transmission control modules, engine control modules, and so on.

Due to technological advancements in automotive systems, as well as stringent safety norms set by the European Union and the United States' National Highway Transportation System Administration (NHTSA) to ensure the safety of occupants in vehicles, the market is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period.


The fast surge in electric car manufacturing throughout the world is currently driving the ECU industry. According to the International Energy Agency, global electric vehicle manufacturing topped 3 million vehicles in 2017. (IEA). The need for automotive electronic controlled units is predicted to expand as electric vehicles integrate advanced electronic components to improve occupant safety and comfort. Furthermore, ECUs are placed in the electric vehicle's powertrain to automate the electronic systems, motors, batteries, and other components. As a result, the increased supply of electric vehicles will boost the market for automotive electronic controlled units in the future years.

On the other hand, the market's growth is being stifled by the rise in cyber crime originating from computer technologies. Because automakers are investing more in connected and autonomous car research, cyber crime is projected to rise proportionally over time. Despite the European Automobile Manufacturers Association's (ACEA) assurances on data protection and cyber security, the threat of a breach will continue to be a source of anxiety, limiting industry expansion.


The market is divided into three categories based on vehicle type: passenger vehicles, luxury vehicles, and commercial vehicles. The global automobile electronic Controlled Unit Market was headed by luxury vehicles. Due to increasing complexities in vehicle construction and a desire to offer a safer environment within the car, there is a growing need for ECU in luxury automobiles, connected vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. Automobile manufacturers all over the world are attempting to improve automobiles by connecting vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to everything (V2X), which is making systems more difficult to create. As a result, over the projection period, the use of ECU will increase in the market.


Because of the development in the installation of modern safety sensors such as radar, ultrasonic, and lidar, safety and security is expected to have a significant proportion of the vehicle electronic Controlled Unit Market. The ECUs integrate the data collected by various sensors and pass it on to the driver, who can then respond accordingly. Suppliers and producers of components, on the other hand, are assisting in the development of ECUs that take up less space in automobiles. Visteon Corporation, for example, provides Smartcore consolidated ECU, which combines the instrument cluster, heads-up display, and advanced driver assistance system. As a result, this technological advancement would give the need for ECUs a boost over the forecasted time.


North America is expected to be a market leader over the forecast period, owing to an increase in vehicle production in the United States, which is expected to reach 12.3 million vehicles by the end of 2017, comprising passenger cars, luxury and premium vehicles, sports utility vehicles, and others. Luxury and premium automobiles, on the other hand, use a huge number of ECUs due to the fact that they have more safety features than any other vehicle category. As a result of the increased vehicle production, the market is expected to contribute a large revenue share to the ECU market.

The quickest CAGR is expected in the Asia Pacific automotive electronic controlled unit market, owing to an increase in the manufacturing of electric cars, particularly in China. China is moving toward the development of electric vehicles in order to reduce particulate matter in the air due to rising levels of air pollution in the ecosystem. According to China's 13th five-year plan (2016-2020), the country aims to manufacture and sell 5 million new energy vehicles (NEVs), expanding the ECU market.


Denso, Delphi Automotive, Texas Instruments, Autoliv, Robert Bosch, TRW Automotive, Continental AG, Mitsubishi Electric, and Hitachi Automotive are among the market's major players.

Key market players are concentrating their efforts on expanding their operations through a variety of strategic manoeuvres, including as mergers and acquisitions, in order to develop new and creative goods. They also intend to expand their manufacturing capabilities in order to enhance their market share. In April 2017, for example, Bosch opened a new electronics plant in Changzhou, China, dedicated to the production of radar and camera sensors for ADAS and ECUs for automotive steering systems, specifically for connected vehicles.

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