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Crash Avoidance Sensors Sales Expected to Climb to $9.90 Billion by 2020

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/18/2014 Karla Sanchez

Crash avoidance systems have become more mainstream now that more automakers have been offering them in their cars, and as you can imagine, business is booming for suppliers. Automotive News reports global sales of such technology have totaled $3.4 billion this year, but that's just the beginning, as sales are expected to skyrocket to $9.90 billion by 2020.

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Detroit-based research firm IHS Automotive came up with those numbers, and also predicts that radar and cameras will likely account for the majority of that revenue. That's because those pieces of technology, which are already used in blind-spot detection and lane-departure warning systems, will continue to be useful in more advanced systems like 360-degree road surveillance. This type of system would allow cars to change lanes on their own thanks to a combination of radar and cameras, and it's not too far off in the future. In fact, Tesla recently announced just such a feature as part of its Autopilot system. Delphi Automotive told Automotive News that next year it'll be producing radar for two automakers that plan on introducing 360-degree surveillance on its cars, though the company didn't reveal who it's working for. Outlook is also good for Bosch, which expects to sell 1 million radar units this year, though it anticipates averaging about 4 million in 2015 and 2016. Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project© Provided by MotorTrend Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project

While IHS Automotive forecasts radar to be the number-one seller with $4.38 billion by 2020, cameras are expected to be the second-best with $3.93 billion. Cameras are a great supplement to radars and ultrasonic sensors, which come in at third with expected sales of $1.41 billion. Ultrasound sensors are typically inexpensive and used for things like parking assist, though it's possible they could be replaced by radar by the end of the decade since radar can be used for multiple applications.

Meanwhile, lidar is expected to pull in $185 million. Lidar is a type of sensor that uses pulsed laser light to measure distances and is essentially what helps Google's autonomous car get around. Volvo also relies on lidar sensors in its esteemed City Safey anti-collision system, however, some are critical of the tech since it's generally bulky and expensive for production cars, though suppliers are trying hard to make it smaller and cheaper since lidar provides a wide field of view and detailed images. volvo-city-safety-infographic-2© Provided by MotorTrend volvo-city-safety-infographic-2

Although each piece of technology has its strengths and weaknesses, you can bet we'll continue to see them advance as more and more semi-autonomous systems are introduced in the near future.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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