A vehicle stability control (VSC) system is an electronic active safety system that helps the driver to control the vehicle during a critical maneuver such as swerving to avoid an obstacle or strong steering at an unanticipated tight corner. The VSC system consists of several sensors such as steering wheel angle sensor, yaw rate sensor, lateral acceleration sensor, and wheel speed sensor. These sensors determine what the driver wants and decides how the vehicle reacts to the driver’s input. The steering wheel sensor senses the driver’s applied force of turning the vehicle. Yaw rate sensor, lateral acceleration sensor, and wheel speed sensor measures whether the vehicle is traveling in the way driver wants to steer it. If a potential loss of vehicle control is detected, the VSC automatically cuts engine throttle and, if necessary, applies brake pressure to the appropriate wheels in order to steer the vehicle in the desired direction.
The VSC system strongly reduces the risk of a sudden roll-over during cornering or quick lane change manoeuvres, particularly in case of tankers and vehicles with a high center of gravity. Additionally, the VSC also significantly reduces the risk of jack-knifing. It can prevent many types of crashes; however, it is especially effective in preventing single vehicle crashes that result from a loss of control. These advantages are driving the demand for VSC systems, which in turn is boosting in the automotive market.
A VSC system consists of electronic components; hence chances of malfunctioning exist. In such cases, the entire system can fail to perform a safety task. Currently, there are sensors and technologies which can work even in extreme conditions and also if some components of the system are not functioning. Rise in the number of embedded systems in automotive applications is anticipated to propel the demand for VSC systems. Every vehicle system or function that replaces mechanical control with electronic control presents the VSC system an opportunity to increase its capability and performance. The future of VSC system is estimated to be dictated by advances in embedded systems for other automotive applications.
The VSC system market can be segmented based on type of vehicle, technology, components, and geography. In terms of types of vehicle, the stability control system market is segregated into passenger vehicles (PVs), light commercial vehicles (LCVs), and heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs). All type of vehicles utilize stability control systems, either as an add-on cost option or as an integral part. In case of HCVs, chances of the vehicle rolling are high; hence, the VSC system is of considerable importance. Passenger vehicle and light commercial vehicle segments further can be divided into two categories: two wheel drive and four wheel drive. The VSC system is more effective in case of four-wheel drive vehicles.
In terms of technology, the VSC system market can be segmented into roll stability advisor, roll stability control (RSC), and electronic stability control (ESC). Roll stability advisor informs the driver about the significant rollover risks. This system is not as reliable as the other two systems. RSC system automatically intervenes if a high rollover risk is detected due to excessive speed on a curve. Whereas ESC systems, also known as electronic stability programs (ESPs), are active systems that automatically intervene when there is either a high risk of rollover or yaw instability. Based on components used VSC system can be categorized as system with steering wheel angle sensor, wheel speed sensor, yaw rate sensor, lateral acceleration sensor and Electronics Control Unit (ECU). These components are sensing and operating units of the system.
Based on geography, the VSC system market can be segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Rest of the World. Asia Pacific is a prominent market for automotive, where the demand for the safety systems such as VSC system is significantly high. Automation in the field of automotive, such as driverless cars, has boosted the demand for automotive safety systems in developed regions such as North America and Europe.
Key players operating in the VSC system market are Robert Bosch GmbH, Continental AG, Delphi automotive LLP, TRW automotive, Hitachi Ltd., Toyoda Gosei, Autoliv, DENSO Ten Ltd., Honeywell, Johnson electric, and Wabco.
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