Strategic Analysis of Truck and Bus Driver Simulator Market, 2016–2025

Simulator Usage in Driver Training will Promote Eco-driving, Critical Driving, and Defensive Driving Growth in the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Industry

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Skilled driver shortage and reduction in fleet liabilities is major driver for the driver simulator market. The challenges include high initial investment, replication of complex road environment, and driving pattern in virtual driving condition. European Directive 2003/59/ EC of European parliament deals with initial qualification and periodic training of drivers. It allows drivers maximum of 8 hours of 20 hours of individual driving on top-of-the-range simulator. Majority of European countries allow usage of simulators for driver training. The Netherlands, France, Poland, and Denmark offer strong potential for deployment of simulators in Initial qualification module with favorable regulations and large qualifying driver population. France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway with large number of active truck licenses in circulation and favorable regulation offer strong potential for deployment of simulator in periodic training. However, only few European countries have developed their own directives for usage of simulators and training syllabus for simulator-based training. Driver training institutes can act as mass market for simulators; however, lack of clear guidelines, lack of standardization of simulators across Europe, training syllabus, and high investment are deterring usage of simulators in driver training. Harmonization of simulator definition, standardized regulations, and government policy support can provide much needed impetus to the market promoting development of scalable, modular, low-cost simulator. In future OEMs, research institutes and fleets will drive the demand for driver simulators. Simulators are widely used in OEMs in evaluation of electronic safety systems, vision enhancement system and accident reconstruction. In research institutes, simulators are used as trial of innovative research projects where there is a huge cost differential between successful realizations. Additionally, it is used in improvement of computer-assisted development systems and test new components with integration under a range of operating conditions in research environment. The simulator program can be used to standardize driver experience and to study multiple drivers on testing novel road layouts, study driver distraction in vehicles with driverless technology. In fleets, simulators are used to provide driver training in the areas of eco-driving, defensive driving, and critical driving conditions. Effective driver training can help fleets improve operational efficiency through reduced fuel consumption, reduced CO2 emissions, and lower vehicle maintenance costs. Additionally, drivers are trained to handle unpredictable events like collision prevention and autonomous or distracted driving.

Key Features

The aim of this study is to research and analyze the implications of driver simulator for the commercial vehicle industry. This study identifies various key functional areas where driver simulator can be deployed. Additionally, growth potential for simulators in different countries of Europe is provided.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the key factors influencing driver simulator market in Europe?
  • What are the benefits of driver training simulators across different customer segment?
  • What are the country-wise directives/requirements for truck and bus simulator in Europe?
  • What are driver training requirements, cost, training syllabus, number of qualifying drivers country-wise in Europe?
  • Who are the key participants in the driver simulator market in Europe?
  • What is key product portfolio of different participants in the market?

Table of Contents

Executive SummaryKey Research Takeaways Driver Simulator Market DynamicsBenefits of Training for FleetsIQ-Simulator Training DirectivesPT-Simulator Directives and CostDriver Simulator Market—Current and Future ScenarioResearch Scope, Aims, and ObjectivesResearch ScopeResearch Aims and ObjectivesKey Questions this Study will AnswerResearch MethodologyDefinitions and SegmentationDefinition of Initial Qualification and Periodic TrainingDriver Training—A Brief IntroductionFleet Benefits from Simulator Training Areas of Simulator Deployment for TrainingUsage of Simulators in Research EnvironmentsImportance of Driving Simulators to OEMsUnderlining Specification of a Truck Driving Simulators Across EuropeDriver Training LegislationsEuropean Driver CPC Training7-hour JAUPT-certified Training Courses Offered 7-hour JAUPT-certified Training Courses Offered (continued)Legal Framework for Simulator Training Simulator Products Versus Customer SegmentsSimulator Products Versus Customer SegmentsSimulator Products Versus Customer Segments (continued)Simulator Products Versus Customer Segments (continued)Simulators Country DirectivesNorway, Netherlands and Germany Key Simulator DirectivesKey Simulator Directives in Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic Driver Training Country-wise ClassificationIQ—Country-wise ClassificationIQ—Country-wise Classification (continued)PT—Country-wise ClassificationPT—Country-wise Classification (continued)Driver Training Country ProfilesGermany—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingCzech Republic—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingNorway—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingPoland—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingHungary—Truck and Bus Driver Training Sweden—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingFrance—Truck and Bus Driver TrainingBelgium—Truck and Bus Driver Training Simulator Supplier ProfilesECA GroupProduct and Service PortfolioLander Simulation and Training Solutions S.AProduct and Service PortfolioOKTALProduct and Service PortfolioSiFaT Product and Service PortfolioSym2B SimulationProduct and Service PortfolioTeam SimracProduct and Service PortfolioVirage SimulationProduct and Service PortfolioAutoSimProduct and Service PortfolioStrategic Initiatives and Growth OpportunitiesGrowth Opportunities—Disruptive Applications and Future SuccessStrategic Imperatives for Success and Growth The Last WordThe Last WordLegal DisclaimerAppendixTable of Acronyms UsedList of ExhibitsList of Exhibits (continued)List of Exhibits (continued)

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