The refrigerant R-1234yf used in automotive HVAC systems is causing controversy throughout the supply chain. R-1234yf is mandated by the European Union for adoption in all cars by 2017, but production volumes, price and safety issues are causing concern.
Within the next five years the North American marketplace can expect to see around 50 percent of all new car radios featuring downloadable apps according to a new report from IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc.
Traffic accidents increasing in U.S., UK and Germany
One of the major issues facing the electric vehicle (EV) charging station market is how to generate revenue profitably and sustainably. Recent research from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS) shows there are 75,000 EV charging stations currently installed globally, rising to 4.8 million in 2015. However, the industry is struggling to find ways to generate a return on this installed base.
The in-vehicle telematics market in China is booming right now, according to IMS Research, but the next few years will be critical for future development of the market.
The semiconductor market for driver assistance systems is set to grow significantly into the foreseeable future, according to IMS Research’s automotive semiconductor study, The World Market for Semiconductors in OEM Automotive Electronic Systems – 2012 Edition. (IMS Research was recently acquired by IHS Inc.)
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced the KMZ60, which the firm said is the industry’s first magnetoresistive angle sensor with an integrated amplifier IC.