Automotive Data Logger Demand To Rise Substantially in Future

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Data Loggers: From Aircraft to Cars and Trucks

With more than 1.3 million people dying in road accidents each year, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), the focus on making roads safer is strengthening. Since most of the accidents are attributed to human error, many governments are mandating the adoption of some level of vehicle autonomy so that the burden on the driver can be reduced. Such awareness and the increasing inclination of people for improved vehicles are leading to the integration of advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS), which automate many functions of automobiles and display real-time information.

As per PS Intelligence, this will be a key reason behind the growth of the automotive data logger market during 2020–2030, since valuing around $3 billion in 2020. This device is similar to the all-important flight data recorder (FDR) in airplanes, which records what happens to the aircraft systems with every push of the button or foot-operated pedal, shift of the stick, push or pull of the lever, and turn of the control knob.

In the automotive sector, data loggers are used to track and monitor the functioning of not only the mechanical systems, such as engines, wheels, brakes, and steering, but also of the electronic systems, such as ADAS. This information is used by automakers to make future systems better or send alerts to vehicle owners regarding maintenance, servicing, or replacement. Further, automakers also use these instruments before the vehicles come out of the factory, during the testing phase. With the stringent emission control and passenger safety mandates, rigorous vehicle testing has become indispensable.

And, since testing is done for all types of vehicles, whether electric or petrol/diesel, autonomous or conventional, the pre-sales phase has accounted for the higher usage of automotive data loggers till now. These devices are extensively used to test various vehicle systems, such as the motor/engine and its subcomponents, battery/fuel tanks, electricity/fuel supply lines, tires, brakes, gearboxes, and exhaust systems. Automakers check for how efficiently the engine/motor is running, how much noise, heat, and vibrations are being generated by the automobile, how much speed the vehicle is picking up, how strong the braking is, and various other aspects.

Apart from automakers, other pre-vehicle-sale users of automotive data loggers are regulatory authorities and service stations, while important post-vehicle-sale users of such devices include individual vehicle owners and fleet operators. With the world transitioning fast to autonomous driving, the existing regulations need amendment, and new ones need to be created. This creates a need for government agencies to understand the functioning of modern automobiles, for which they use data loggers.

As a result, North America is the largest automotive data logger market, as several U.S. states and Canadian provinces have already tweaked their transportation regulations to accommodate autonomous vehicles. Moreover, in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. made the installation of such devices necessary in trucks, so that driving hours could be recorded electronically. Driver fatigue is the key reason behind accidents involving trucks in the country, which is why electronic logging devices are now being used to ascertain how long trucks are being driven.

In the coming years, the incorporation of these devices will pick up the fastest in Asia-Pacific (APAC), which accounts for the highest automotive production and sales in the world. In addition, with the increasing disposable income of people here and them becoming rapidly tech-savvy, the demand for cutting-edge automotive features is increasing. Moreover, with the presence of a large number of electronics companies in the region, such devices are available at cost-effective rates.

Hence, with the increasing focus on enhancing road safety, the procurement of data loggers by automakers, fleet operators, and government agencies will boom.