The fascia (or dashboard) and the instrument cluster together form the instrument panel. The instrument panel is a complex system of coverings, foams, plastics and metals designed to house various components and act as a safety device for the vehicle occupants. Instrument panels are usually made of injection moulded thermoplastics. The area directly in front of the driver and front-seat passenger is commonly referred to as the cockpit. It is an area that continues to expand.
A cockpit is a combination made out of an instrument panel and a number of sub-modules such as wiring and electronic devices, instruments, car audio and information/communication, heating and climate systems.
The number of instruments has increased over the years as vehicles have become more complex and the instruments themselves have become cheaper. Few cars in the 1960s had a tachometer but it is now almost a universal fitting. Similarly, legislation has now made the use of tachographs obligatory in trucks. The big increase, however, has been in event-controlled indications, such as lights which actuate to show warnings for indicators, low oil pressure and high lighting beam. A typical car now would have two large instruments showing speed and engine revolutions plus two smaller instruments showing engine temperature and fuel gauge. All other instruments are either incorporated in the larger instruments (odometer and trip meter) or separated from the main cluster and displayed as event warnings.
Although there can be no doubt that drivers of the future will be better informed with a raft of new instrumentation, there is some concern as to whether their instrument panels will be a safe place to deliver the information.
The report “Automotive Cockpits and Instrumentation - Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2035 (Q1 2021 Update)” provides a comprehensive overview of the global OE Cockpits And Instrumentation sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts.
Report’s forecasts cover outsourced cockpits (in North America and Western Europe), instrument clusters (across 14 markets), instrument panels (across 14 markets) and head-up displays (again, across 14 markets), front seating and heated front seats fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles. Other innovations and applications are reviewed in the Technologies section of this report, including electroluminescent displays.
*The top 14 markets accounting for over 98% of global light vehicle production include:
North America (US, Canada and Mexico) ; Mercosur (Brazil and Argentina); Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Morocco) ; Central Europe (Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia); Russia; Japan; China; India; Korea; Thailand; Other Asia; Iran; South Africa; Australia.
Based on exclusive interviews, primary research and proprietary data this global market study includes -
- Automotive OE Cockpit and Instrumentation Systems (Instrument Clusters, Instrument Panels, Outsourced Cockpits, Head-Up Displays) fitment and market size data for the top 14* markets.
- A review of the latest technological developments and market trends (including Electroluminescence Display, Reconfigurability, High-Definition Display, Head-Up Displays, Multi-Functions, Multi-Colour Slush Skins, Acoustical Foam, Voice Control, 3D Display).
- Regional supplier market share data tables and commentary.
- Exclusive interviews with OE suppliers including Harman, Interior Systems, Inteva Products.
- Updated profiles of the major automotive cockpits and instrumentation suppliers including their strategies and prospects.
- Market size forecasts for the top 14* markets.
- Sector PESTER (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Regulatory) analysis.
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