Thermal management is an integral part of a vehicle’s cabin experience. OEMs are adopting more sophisticated solutions to improve passenger comfort and convenience while balancing efficiency. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are increasingly being driven by electronic control units (ECUs) and sensors. Even the more price-conscious segments and regional markets are gradually contributing to higher-value thermal component demand.
The HVAC control panel too is evolving with manual controls giving way to more sophisticated automatic climate control panels. The advent of cabin domain controllers and touchscreen-based cabin HMI is having a significant impact on the traditional supply chain and OEM-supplier relationship. The scenario for touchscreen-based HVAC HMI is still evolving, and the future design direction is difficult to predict.
About this report
This report aims to provide an understanding of existing and emerging HVAC control panel technologies, including global and regional perspective of market trends and business drivers. Of particular interest are the broader trends in cabin human-machine interface (HMI), cabin domain controllers, and autonomous driving, which are shaping the next generation of vehicles.
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