Ignition interlock devices calculate the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver. If the detected alcohol content is more than the allowed limit, the device locks the vehicle, preventing it from starting.
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Governments of many nations making the use of ignition interlock devices (IID) mandatory for the first-time DUI offenders is expected to increase their demand in the near future. The trend of using ignition interlock devices is rising considerably, especially in North America, as these devices are an effective tool against drunk driving. The government of Pennsylvania has made it mandatory for first-time offenders to use ignition interlock devices. However, in some other states, it is compulsory for the second and third-time offenders to use IIDs
Currently, companies such as Smartstart Inc., Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Intoxalock, Alco Alert Interlock, Inc., Lifesafer Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (International) Inc., and Guardian Interlock System Corp. are concentrating on introducing highly advanced ignition interlock devices in North America. Prominent players in the North America ignition interlock devices market are focusing on introducing devices with extra features such as a GPS tracker, mobile application, and real-time monitoring. The availability of technically advanced IIDs from leading players has built a strong growth platform for the North America ignition interlock devices market.
Increasing Use of IIDs made from Fuel Cell Technology to Drive North America Market
In 2015, in terms of value, the fuel cell technology segment held a dominant share of 97.3% in the North America ignition interlock devices market. This segment is predicted to maintain its dominance by progressing at a 5.80% CAGR during the period between 2015 and 2021. Overall, the North America ignition interlock devices market is driven by the rising number of driving under the influence (DUI) cases in Canada and the U.S.
Ignition interlock devices are used by the National Highway Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) as a safety tool to reduce drunk driving cases. The North America ignition interlock devices market stood at US$35.1 mn in 2015 and is expected to reach US$48.8 mn by 2021, expected to progress at a 5.60% CAGR from 2015 to 2021. In terms of volume, the market is predicted to expand at a 6.60% CAGR from 2015 to 2021.
Commercial Segment to Expand at 2.0% CAGR from 2015 to 2021 owing to Increasing use of IIDs by Commercial Fleet Owners
Over the past few years, there has been an increasing involvement of various social organizations such as Fathers Against Drunk Driving (FADD) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to avoid drunk driving incidences. Commercial fleet owners are taking conscious efforts to use ignition interlock devices to avoid accidents. Moreover, ignition interlock devices based on fuel cell technology are attracting commercial fleet owners across North America.
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By end use, the North America ignition interlock devices market is classified into the commercial segment and compliance segment. The commercial segment is predicted to expand at a steady 2.0% CAGR from 2015 to 2021. However, due to the increasing awareness about avoiding DUI cases, the number of people using IIDs in the commercial segment is increasing.
All these factors are expected to drive the North America ignition interlock devices market in the years to come.