A tailgate is the closing door of the boot compartment of a vehicle. The smart tailgate is a type of tailgate that is generally incorporated in fully power operated passenger cars. A smart tailgate detects and senses foot movement through sensors and transmits the information to the control module, which opens and closes the tailgate. Smart tailgate offers safety precautions while operating. For instance, if some obstacle within the tailgate range is sensed by it, then it stops the operation
Global Smart Tailgate Market: Competitive Landscape
- In 2018, Covestro AG showcased its concept study of one-part tailgate with joined backlight and indicator where its lightweight polycarbonate materials are a seamless solution. This reduces the wires complexity of the backlight and provides weight savings of roughly 30%, as vis-à-vis to the conventional tailgate structure.
Magna International Inc.
Magna International Inc. was founded in 1957. It’s headquartered in Aurora, Canada. The company designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, exterior parts, and equipment. It supplies these parts to the automotive industry worldwide. Magna International Inc.’s major customers include Aston Martin, BMW, Citroën, Chrysler, Cummins, Suzuki, Harbin, John Deere, Hafei, Liebherr, Jatco, MAN, Navistar, PACCAR, and Kubota.
Established in 1946, Plastic Omnium is presently based in Levallois Cedex, France. The company is one of the leading global companies that manufactures automotive equipment such as body modules and structural components, emissions reduction systems, and fuel tanks. The company operates through a network of 124 manufacturing plants and 24 research and development centers located in 26 countries around the world. Plastic Omnium has over 3,725 patents to its name.
Global Smart Tailgate Market: Dynamics
Demand for enrichment of vehicle appearance
A complex vehicle part, such as a tailgate, has to meet high standards of visual appearance and stability. Moreover, the tailgate has to be a perfect watertight fit, as it greatly influences the esthetic appearance of the vehicle due to its location at the rear end of the vehicle. The smart tailgate has a compelling design, which enhances the external and internal appearance of the vehicle.
Additionally, increased preference for a sporty appearance has prompted automakers to offer trim and valance in the automotive tailgate in order to optimize the appearance as sports cars mostly have engines located the rear end. This, in turn, is projected to propel the demand for smart tailgate, as it reduces the human effort and can be designed into diverse shapes and sizes.
Rise in demand for smart tailgate in high-end vehicles
Currently, the automotive industry is witnessing rapid technological advancement and innovation in conjunction with a growing trend for vehicle electrification. High-end vehicles are continuously upgraded in terms of technology with desirable features. Additionally, these vehicles are integrated with new and advanced sophisticated systems and components that offer high comfort, safety, driver assistance, and improved navigation, which are likely to prompt consumers to opt for such vehicles.
The smart tailgate system contain sensors and mechatronic components that are used to open and lock the tailgate. Furthermore, a smart tailgate does not generate noise during operation even in case of heavier and larger tailgates of automobiles. These key factor as high-end and premium vehicles opt for quitter application system. This is projected to augment the smart tailgate market during the forecast period.
Slow operation and higher maintenance cost of smart tailgate to hinder the market
Rear-end collision of the vehicle can result in damage to the smart tailgate and its components, which leads to repair and replacement of the smart tailgate. This is anticipated to increase the maintenance cost for passenger cars, as the entire smart tailgate acts as the rear door of the vehicle. Moreover, a smart tailgate system contains sensors and mechatronics components that ensure safety while opening and closing the vehicle tailgate. These integrated components make the tailgate heavy, which can result in a slow closing or opening operation of the tailgate. These factors are projected to hamper the smart tailgate market in the near future.