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Remote Immobilisers: Practical Concerns and Market Demand

Published: Jan 2010 | No Of Pages: 30 | Published By: SBD

Product Synopsis

General fitment levels of security features have increased on passenger cars across the world, including mandatory immobilisers and insurance incentives, which has led to a general downward trend in vehicle theft. However, our latest research suggests that thieves targeting newer vehicles overcome these security systems by first stealing an original key.

Devices like remote immobilisers, often linked with Stolen Vehicle Tracking systems, boost the chance of vehicle recovery even if the thief has the key and are a popular product with customers.

This report explores the market drivers for remote immobilisation and the technical issues globally with particular reference to OE development, European insurance criteria, new legislation in Brazil and the liability issues surrounding the use of this technology.

This report will enable you to:

  • Decide the future market position for remote immobilisation within a stolen vehicle tracking or telematics strategy
  • Overcome known drawbacks and understand liability issues
  • Compare different approaches to remote immobilisers regarding the method of activation and how many systems are activated
  • Understand how to meet insurance and security requirements for remote immobilisation

1. Executive summary
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Main conclusions

2. Function overview
2.1 OEM systems example
2.1.1 GM OnStar
2.1.2 Lexus G-Link
2.1.3 Autotxt SVT

3. Market situation
3.1 Market drivers
3.2 Insurance and legislative requirements
3.3 Current market situation
3.4 Forecast
3.5 Market concerns

4. Security overview
4.1 Design considerations
4.2 System integration


Fig. 1 Types of remote immobiliser
Fig. 2 Remote immobilisation process in the UK
Fig. 3 OEM solution summary
Fig. 4 Examples of aftermarket SVT and remote immobiliser systems in the UK
Fig. 5 Examples of non-SVT and remote immobiliser systems in the UK
Fig. 6 Example of insurance conditions on SVT fitment
Fig. 7 Coverage of criteria for remote immobilisers
Fig. 8 Technical summary of existing approval criteria
Fig. 9 Summary of technical requirements necessary to meet all existing approval criteria
Fig. 10 Forecast annual OEM vehicle tracking service activations in Brazil
Fig. 11 OEM and aftermarket SVT sales over time for EU 15 countries
Fig. 12 Integration of remote immobiliser function (restart prevention)
Fig. 13 Advantages and disadvantages for full integration (option one)
Fig. 14 Advantages and disadvantages of low integration (option two)

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