Automotive traction control system helps the vehicle in maintaining proper torque between the surface and its wheels. It prevents wheel spinning that occurs due to acceleration. The torque to be transmitted to the wheels, is determined by coefficient of friction available between tire and road surface. If the torque from engine exceeds the measured value, the wheels of the vehicle are likely to spin, resulting in the loss of valuable power. Wheel spinning leads to loss of the driver’s hold on the steering, and consequently to the slipping of the vehicle coupled with loss of power and uncontrolled cruising. Traction control system consists of sensors such as vehicle speed sensors, engine throttle position sensors, battery level sensors, and stop light sensors. Processing unit of traction control system includes electronic control unit (ECU) and engine control modulator (ECM). Based on inputs received from the sensors, the processing unit undertakes the required actions in order to reduce the torque of the engine. Actions taken by the processing unit include suppressing the spark to one or more cylinders, reducing fuel supply, applying brake to one or more wheels, and closing of the throttle.
Safety is of paramount importance in vehicles and it is ensured by the advanced safety systems such as traction control system. Acceleration results in spinning of wheels in slippery surfaces, or while cornering the vehicle, or hard acceleration leading to uncontrolled cruising of the vehicle, slipping of the vehicle, tire wear, and loss of engine power. It can result in injury to the passengers and damage of the vehicle. Therefore, traction control system is mandatory in all vehicles from the safety point of view. It is an integral part of Formula One cars and other racing cars. However, as the traction control system is electronically operated, there are chances of malfunctioning of the components. This poses a restraint to the traction control system market. Four-wheel drive is an alternative to traction control system, however, it increases the weight of the vehicle as it needs to be carried along all the time, irrespective of it being used or not. Therefore, nowadays traction control system is preferred to it.
The automotive traction control market can be segmented based on vehicle, technology, operation, and geography. In terms of vehicle, the automotive traction control system market can be classified into passenger vehicles (PVs), light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs). All types of vehicles are installed with traction control system, either as add-on option or as an integral part. In terms of technology, the automotive traction control system market can be divided into self-learning system and non-self-learning system. The non-self-learning system compares the rate of acceleration of crank shaft with a fixed value, known as threshold. If the engine torque exceeds that of required it reduces the speed of engine. In a self-learning system, the value of threshold is not fixed. It gets updated for about 20 times per second based on the average of measured value.
In terms of operation, the automotive traction control system market can be categorized into mechanical system, hydraulic system, and electric system. In mechanical system, speed and torque adjustment is done through mechanical means. Hydraulic system uses oil to operate the components for adjusting the speed and torque of the engine. Electric system is operated through electronic components.
Based on geography, the automotive traction control system market can be segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & South Africa, and the Rest of the World. Asia Pacific is a large market for automotive, where demands for safety systems such as traction control system is at its peak. Automation in vehicles such as driverless cars has boosted the demand for automotive safety systems in the developed regions such as North America and Europe.
Electronic system are required to be reliable and accurate. Therefore, well-established manufacturers of electronic systems are preferred by the consumers. Key players in the automotive traction control system market are Robert Bosch GmbH, Continental AG, IAV automotive engineers, Mahle group, ZYNP international, Cummins Inc, Slinger manufacturing, Federal-Mogul corporation, BMW Motorrad, and Ducati motor.
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