Night vision system and driver-monitoring systems, mainly installed in premium and luxury cars, play an important role in preventing road accidents. The increasing demand for luxury cars and safety awareness are the key market drivers for advanced night vision system and driver-monitoring system market.
The New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), a car safety programme introduced by the government, is being implemented in advanced countries around the globe. It evaluates new automobile designs and its performance against various safety threats. Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme, a safety assessment programme based on NCAP model is meant to implement high safety standards, including crash tests, by 2017.
Night vision system equips vehicle driver with better vision while driving during night or in dark weather conditions. It also enables the driver to view the path that is beyond the reach of vehicle’s headlight.
The driver-monitoring system uses infrared sensors to monitor driver’s attentiveness. The system includes a charged coupled device (CCD) camera placed on the steering column, which tracks eyes of the drivers with infrared LED detectors. The system warns the driver by flashing lights and warning sounds if the driver loses attention on the road and accidental situation is detected. The system applies automatic brakes to the vehicle if the same is not done by the driver in accidental situations.
Developed countries have comparatively greater number of premium and luxury passenger cars as compared to developing countries, owing to which developed countries have a large market for night vision system and driver-monitoring system. However, with the growing demand for luxury cars in developing countries, the demand for night vision system and driver-monitoring system is increasing. Night vision system had a larger market share as compared to the driver-monitoring system.
The programme gives rating to the passenger cars based on the safety level offered by them. The increasing number of countries implementing NCAP is presenting growth opportunities for the global night vision system and driver-monitoring system. The US Department of Transportation assesses its vehicle safety programmes, thus making the safety rules for vehicle manufacturers more stringent.
Among regions, Europe dominates the global night vision system and driver-monitoring system market, followed by North America. Though the European night-vision system and driver-monitoring system market is facing challenges owing to weak economic conditions, it is retaining its growth on account of improving economy and regaining of customer confidence.
The major companies operating in night vision system and driver-monitoring system market are Robert Bosch GmbH, Continental AG, Autoliv Inc., Delphi Automotive PLC, Denso Corporation, Omron Corporation, and Magna Electronics.
The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) will be brought in force, and mandatory star rating of all new cars will start from October 2017. This will be done based on test results for frontal and rear tests.
The other features to be considered include anti-lock braking system (ABS), seat-belt reminder and child-lock functionality check. The Ministry f Road Transport will come out with regulatory norms which every new vehicle will have to meet before products are sold in the market.
Within the next 4-5 years, the Government of India will ensure that vehicles provide basic safety in line with global standards for adult occupants, children and pedestrians including night vision system and driver-monitoring systems. While minimum frontal-crash test norms at 56 kmph will be notified. The Government also intends to roll out a complete new car assessment programme between October 2017 and October 2020.