Automotive Electronics Trends

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Global Trends in Automotive Electronics

The world is demanding an alternative to fossil fuel use and businesses are responding with artificial intelligence and electronic development for vehicles. Some of the trends identified include building systems that require minimal driver intervention, increased adoption of active body panels, installation of more standardized charging stations for electric vehicles, and more sophisticated anti-theft systems for vehicles. Africa, Middle East, North & South America, EMEA, APAC, Israel, UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland round out the countries involved with the global trends detailed.

We identified the trends below by looking at industry and market analysis from several countries in 2018 and have summarized our findings below.

Electrified drive trains

Minimized driver intervention was the goal of the "The Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA2) System" developed by Hyundai. Level 3 autonomy allows a driver to divert their attention while in traffic and is the next product to be designed.

Hyundai's IONIQ launched in 2016 was the first platform dedicated to alternative drive trains. It gives buyers an opportunity to purchase a "hybrid, plug-in, or fully electric model". Africa and the Middle East already have the IONIQ available.

Electric axle drive systems are designed for both rear and front wheel drives. They enable flexibility and will adapt easily to different engines and transmissions.

By 2023, the market is expected to grow by $8,226.3 million for a CAGR of 12.31%. The Asia Pacific region will dominate the electrical axle drive systems market because of the electric car sales in China, Japan, India, and South Korea.

Active body panel

Technavio analysts predict the global automotive active body panel market will grow at a CAGR of 8%+ by 2022. Increasing numbers of road collisions and traffic incidents contribute to the growth of the industry. The key regions for this research are the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

The active body panel industry is developing safety features for rear panels, front grilles, hood systems, and fenders. Advanced safety technologies will reduce severe injuries and casualties experienced by vehicle occupants and pedestrians.

North and South America are expected to replace the EMEA as the lead region for active body panels with a market share of 39%.

Standardized charging stations

In China, two issues surrounding the use of electronic vehicles (EV) are being addressed. One is the lack of standardized charging stations for EVs, and the other is battery power. They expect to have over 5 million EVs on the streets in China by 2020. There are only 150,000 charging stations at this time, but more are being installed.

Automotive camera & mapping

Delphi Automotive based in the UK has partnered with Mobileye, an automotive camera company from Israel to develop their autonomous driver platform. Mobileye has over 14 million cars with its cameras and vision technology installed. These vehicles will help map data required by self-driving vehicles.
The combination of autonomous vehicles with camera and vision capabilities will advance the crash-avoidance and vision technology industries. Singapore has a fleet of self-driving cars from Delphi in operation for a "mobility-on-demand" program.

Vehicle anti-theft system

Anti-theft systems provide "stolen vehicle tracking, microprocessors with digital signal processing, ultrasonic sensors, rechargeable batteries, and closed tool chain for configuration and simulation."

Current trends in vehicle anti-theft systems include "operation of ARM 7 micro controllers, GSM and GPS module simultaneously with an accelerometer and temperature sensor, hybrid GPS-GSM localization of vehicles Tracking System, and a security system based on RFID, GPS and GSM."

RFID stands for radio frequency identification which is radio waves used to identify anything with an encoded microchip. The models defined above are all effective vehicle security methods that are being adopted globally.

Companies that were used in this research represented USA, UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.


The top automotive electronic trends found in current research were electrified drive trains, active body panels, standardized charging stations, battery power, automotive camera/mapping, and vehicle anti-theft system technology. The world is demanding an alternative to fossil fuel use and businesses are responding with artificial intelligence and electronic development for vehicles.