Ignition interlock devices are breath analyzers that are installed within vehicles for deterring drunk driving. These devices are attached to the dashboard of the vehicle and are employed for confirming if a driver is drunk. The driver needs to deliver a breath sample into an ignition interlock device and if the analyzed result is higher than the pre-programmed levels within the ignition interlock device, then the device will halt the engine of the vehicle from getting started. These devices are widely utilized by the National Highway Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) in the United States for reducing as well as controlling the cases of drunk driving.
Introduction of State Ignition Programs to Boost North America Ignition Interlock Devices Market
The North America ignition interlock devices market is primarily fuelled by the strict regulations on drinking and driving introduced by the NHTSA in the United States. In addition, commercial fleet owners’ voluntary employment of these devices as a key preventive way for controlling drunk driving will also catalyze the growth of this market here. Furthermore, the introduction of programs such as state ignition programs will also positively impact the ignition interlock devices market within North America.
A number of social organizations such as Fathers Against Drunk Driving (FADD) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are taking part to stop the practice of drinking and driving, thus positively impacting the growth of the market here. On the other hand, the introduction of ignition interlock systems that are by default installed within vehicles by OEMs and the social embarrassment caused to the driver while using ignition interlock devices are the chief factors that may hamper the development of this market in North America.
Fuel Cell Technology held Largest Share of 96.2% in 2015
They key technologies utilized by ignition interlock devices are fuel cell and semiconductor technologies. Of these, on the basis of revenue, the segment of fuel cell technology led the North America ignition interlock devices market with a share of 96.2% in 2015. This is owing to the high-accuracy, durability, and calibration stability presented by this technology. The semiconductor technology, on the other hand, accounted for a very small share of 3.80% in 2015 and is predicted to rise at a growth rate of 1.4% from 2015 to 2021.
By end use, the market is categorized into commercial and compliance segment. Amongst these, the segment of compliance represented a share of around 97.3% in the market in 2015 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 5.70% from 2015 to 2021. On the other hand, on the basis of volume, the commercial segment is predicted to rise at a 2.0% CAGR between 2015 and 2021.
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U.S. Ignition Interlock Devices Market Dominated in 2015
On the basis of country, this market is segmented into Canada and the U.S. Amongst these, the market was led by the U.S. in 2015 and this country is expected to exhibit a growth rate of 6.80% from 2015 and 2021 on the basis of volume. The reason for the dominance of this country is the increasing count of ignition interlock programs within this country.
The key players in the North America ignition interlock devices market are Lifesafer Inc., Smartstart Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, Monitech LLC, Guardian Interlock, LLC, and Alco Alert Interlock, Inc., among others.