The global automotive hill descent control market grew at a CAGR of around 5% during 2014-2019. Automotive hill descent control (HDC) refers to a driver assistance system that enables the vehicle to descend on a slope at a controlled speed. It is designed as a safety feature to assist in driving through steep terrains using the vehicle’s cruise control system. It operates along with anti-lock braking (ABS) and a traction control mechanism to independently manage the speed of the vehicle and maximize the grip on each wheel. Automobile manufacturers are providing HDC with electrical stability control (ESC) systems and ABS for providing predictive cruise control and improving the overall fuel efficiency. They also enable the driver to maintain a pre-determined safe speed and emphasizes on identifying potential hazards.
Significant growth in the automotive industry and the widespread adoption of global positioning system (GPS)-assisted cruise control with HDC systems, are the key factors creating a positive outlook for the market. Furthermore, the integration of autonomous terrain profiling and driving systems in modern automobiles is stimulating the market growth. Innovative technologies, such as 3D path sensing, overhead clearance assistance and terrain-based speed adaptation systems, are widely used in passenger and commercial vehicles. Additionally, various technological advancements, such as the advent of connected all-terrain driving systems, are acting as other growth-inducing factors. A number of connected driving systems use Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) for vehicle-to-vehicle short or medium-range wireless communications. Other factors, such as rising expenditure capacities of the masses, along with the growing demand for luxury and semi-utility vehicles (SUVs), are anticipated to drive the market further. The global automotive hill descent control market is expected to exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.
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