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19 October 2016

Adoption of ITS fuelled by need to tackle traffic issues, says research

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The revenue of the global intelligent transportation systems market stood at US$20.22 billion in 2015 and the market is expected to reach US$57.44 billion by the end of the forecast period, developing at a CAGR of 12.7 per cent during the forecast period, according to research by Transparency Research (TMR).

According to the report, Intelligent Transportation System Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016-2024, on the basis of type, advanced transportation management systems accounted for the leading share of 41 per cent in 2015. This was fuelled by the rising demand for advanced traffic management and control solutions to maintain the flow of traffic in urban as well as inter-urban networks. Public transportation systems, on the other hand, are likely to offer promising opportunities through 2024, exhibiting a strong CAGR of 12.9 per cent.

Based on application, ITS for traffic management accounted for the dominant share in 2015 and is projected to retain its leading position throughout the forecast period. The automotive telematics segment is anticipated to witness strong growth in the after-market with vehicle owners installing these systems at an increasing rate.

By geography, North America accounted for a leading share of 41.2 per cent in 2015. "Although the region is projected to lose market share by the end of the forecast period, it is expected to retain its dominance through the coming years," a TMR analyst predicts.

Transport forms the backbone of any country's social and economic development. However, traffic congestion is a major issue in terms of fuel consumption, travel time, and cost. Intelligent transportation systems have emerged as a key solution to combat these hurdles, which is a prominent factor driving its adoption.

"Various ITS associations across the world have found that advanced traffic management systems minimise waiting times at a signal by 20-30 per cent and travel time by at least 25 per cent," the author of the study reports. This works in favour of the overall ITS market.

The growing need to improve road safety is also a major factor driving the intelligent transportation system market. "Road accidents are one of the leading causes of death and account for over 2 per cent of all global deaths. These accidents also cost an estimated US$520 billion per year worldwide," the TMR analyst finds. Countries are therefore focused on reducing the number of road accidents by deploying advanced traffic management systems, which is propelling the global ITS market.

In contrast, the economic slowdown in several countries and the lack of interoperability between ITS and infrastructure limits the widespread adoption of intelligent transportation systems.
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