The Increased Need for PCBs in the Automotive Industry

Automotive technology is evolving fast, from the rise of electric cars to the development of self-driving vehicles. As far as components go – one thing that vehicle manufacturers rely on heavily is PCBs, and this need is only growing alongside the market. 

The emerging automotive technologies are becoming increasingly complex, requiring more intricate components and intelligent systems. 


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Automotive PCBs will need to keep up with demand

It is important that manufacturers and suppliers of PCBs are able to meet the requirements of the automotive industry.

By 2025, the market for partially autonomous vehicles is expected to be at $36 billion and the market for fully autonomous vehicles will be $6 billion (Source: Statista).

Automotive PCBs will be central in ensuring the following important factors in electric vehicles and automated vehicles:



With both electric vehicles and driverless technology, reliability is key. The market is shifting towards these emerging technologies and it is essential the manufacturers get them right so as to improve public opinion and increase commercial interest. 


Ability to provide entertainment features

In all automotive vehicles, it is becoming expected that there will be some sort of “on-board” entertainment, including TV, music and gaming features. While this is not new technology, it has taken a while to become the industry standard and PCBs will make an important part in making that possible.


Ability for use in navigation features

One of the key elements of automated vehicle technology will be the navigation features. Navigation systems are already incredibly important in cars and PCBs provide the backbone to these intelligent systems. Since driverless cars will rely entirely on intelligent navigation, the demand for PCBs in this area is set to grow.


Safety and security of all passengers a priority

Linked to reliability and particularly important in the manufacturing of autonomous vehicles is safety. Car accidents are extremely dangerous and often life-threatening, which is why so many people are wary about the idea of driverless cars and related technology. 

PCBs will be a central part of ensuring the technology is intelligent enough to respond as required and mirrors the actions of human drivers.


For more information about our services for the manufacturing and supply of PCBs, view our dedicated Printed Circuit Boards page.

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