Lane Departure Systems to Grow to $14.3Bn Market by 2016

The dependence of modern day drivers on systems that were previously not considered essential will push the lane departure warning systems market into new heights in the years to come. According to a study conducted by ABI Research and titled Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Recognition Systems, the market for this driver assistance modern toll will be worth some $14.3 billion by 2016.

With it, other systems similar in purpose will also grow. The arrival of newer and newer technologies, like road sign recognition, collision avoidance and other sensors will soon make a driver more of a passenger than decision maker. ABI says, however, that the success of one such technology still depends heavily on the success of the others.

"Lane departure warning has not enjoyed great commercial success as a standalone application,"
said ABI Research principal analyst David Alexander. "But now we are seeing a number of significant new features that can share the core components and add considerable value for the driver. It is this expanded functionality that will drive the market growth."

The debate surrounding the benefits or the disadvantages of using such systems will probably intensify at the same rate as the market for them grows. Some will continue to compare arrival of the lane departure warning systems to the invention of the seat belt, even if the former has only been created to treat the lack of attention of the drivers, and not prevent them from getting injured because of events that aren't under their control.

Other will, however, continue to see lane departure systems only as a tool for drivers who shouldn't be driving in the first place.
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