Future Vehicle Systems & Technologies

Frost & Sullivan’s Future Vehicle Systems & Technologies division is the largest in the company in terms of both its resources and sales turnover. The team is structured across six key program areas, each with a dedicated program manager and a team of analysts who track the technology of their designated program area on a daily basis.

Over the years, our team’s accurate predictions about technology uptake have led to bold and, predictably, successful recommendations. In 1999, the team published its first report on vehicle telematics in which it predicted the rise of the connected car, which is an industry Mega Trend today. In 2001, the team published a study asserting that X by wire technologies—especially electrohydraulic braking systems (EHB)—would not succeed. This prediction proved true; several brakes by wire programs shut down and uptake of the technology slowed down due to the non-availability of a high voltage power net. Finally, one of the team’s best predictions was the growth of diesel in Europe back in 2000. We got the trend right, even if we underestimated the extent of its use, which stands at over fifty percent today.

Latest Research

Frost & Sullivan’s future vehicles systems and technologies group produce over 60 strategic studies every year. Each study banks over 500 hours of work from analysts whose research methods include interviewing all major industry stakeholders. The team has published over 500 studies in the last 10 years. The team also publishes strategic market insights, movers and shakers interviews with industry thought leaders and white papers. The research covers dynamic future vehicle systems and future technologies on a global basis.

The research team maintains strong relationships with the OEMs and suppliers and leverages the relationships through primary interviews with them to provide a holistic and unbiased opinion of what technologies and features will be embraced, when, and on which vehicles. The team conducts market, technology, customer, competitive, and comparative analysis of supplier and OEM strategies.

Over the last decade, the team has expanded it footprint to include analysis of both developed and emerging markets. The team has a strong presence now in all key markets around the world, which includes five offices each in India, the ASEAN region, and China; three offices in LATAM and the Middle East; and a growing presence in Africa. To support our clients in Japan, we now translate some of our key reports into Japanese and will soon offer the same service to our Chinese clients.

Mobility: Automotive & Transportation Analyst Briefings

Analysis of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Global Automotive Industry, Forecast to 2025

The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of M&As on the overall automotive industry. It analyzes the past and current M&As and their impact on participating companies and the automotive industry as a whole. Technological advancements in autonomous, connected, shared, and electric (CASE)…

South African Electric Vehicles Market, Forecast to 2022

The South African electric vehicle (EV) market is still in its infancy but is expected to grow at a slow but steady pace over the next five years. South Africa s automotive sector is currently ranked 23rd in terms of manufacturing and is a key player in the international automotive value chain. The…

Electric and Autonomous Vehicle Incentives in the US, Forecast to 2025

The study identifies and analyzes the incentives provided by the federal and state governments to EV manufacturers, suppliers, and end customers in the United States. It evaluates how the incentives benefit the adoption and sales of EVs. It also attempts to determine the gap between incentives…

Global Commercial Vehicle Electrification Potential and Trends, Forecast to 2025

GHG emission regulations are ever strengthening in North America, Europe, and China. Climate change concerns among the public is especially propelling the automotive industry to reduce carbon footprint. Countries are looking for options to improve air quality in their communities and to contribute…

Strategic Automotive Profile of BYD, 2017 2025

Companies in the global automotive industry are moving aggressively toward alternative fuel technologies. Some of these include bio-diesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles. The intention of this shift is…

Impact of EVs and PHEVs on the North American Automotive Aftermarket, Forecast to 2025

This research study focuses on the changes to the aftermarket in North America due to the current and expected future proliferation of EVs / PHEVs. The deliverable analyses the effects on parts and services revenue from the EV / PHEV vehicles in operation. The geographic scope of this study is North…

Mobility and Other Downstream Services Market, Forecast to 2030

Digital disruption is set to revolutionize the automotive industry. The value is shifting from individual consumption to collaborative consumption. OEMs are embracing this trend and are looking at alternative sources of revenue, such as shared mobility, connected car services, financial services,…

Intelligent Mobility, 2018

This research study focuses on providing all the presentations from Frost & Sullivan’s two-day workshop event held in July 2018 in London, called Intelligent Mobility. These include presentations from Frost & Sullivan Europe team and a host of other companies, such as Daimler, BMW,…

European Consumers Attitudes towards Diesel, Hybrid and Electric Cars Key Findings, 2016

This is an end-consumer survey on the attitude and perception towards diesel, hybrid and electric cars. The aim of this study is to understand consumers perceptions and attitude towards gasoline, diesel engines, hybrid, and electric cars and further analyze their switching behavior from diesel to…

Frost & Sullivan’s future vehicles systems and technologies group have a strong team of consultants that work closely with clients in providing customized analysis and tailored recommendations. Every year the team works on over 150 consulting and advisory services projects across the industry value chain. Projects can range from a simple technology assessment or roadmap for an OEM or Tier I supplier to assisting a private equity company in completing a full due diligence on a supplier and their product portfolio. We do this through tailored and customized consulting work and strategy workshops. Projects typically involve several phases from discovery, informing, evaluating, analyzing, developing and implementing a business plan or growth strategy. We use our research and industry experience coupled with defined tools and techniques, tailored and developed by Frost & Sullivan. We specialize in running growth workshops with our clients which help us bring key stakeholders of a company together to help address a common goal.

Frost & Sullivan’s future vehicles systems and technologies group can support your organization in each of the following areas:
  • Assess the potential of new and disruptive technologies to current product portfolio (such as supporting a world leading steering systems supplier to understand the implications their current hydraulic solution may experience from the risk of electric power steering)
  • Provide new product and service solutions
  • Develop a powertrain strategy on fuels, technologies and alternative powertrains
  • Risk assessment and support plans to meet legislation on safety, emissions and identify opportunities for growth
  • Assess best practices, for example, how to develop low cost innovations in the competitive automotive space
  • Offer customer analysis: “voice of customer” assignments focusing on attitudes towards future technologies (this can include VOC with OEMs and suppliers)
  • Support a client’s new innovations into the industry through branding and positioning with an integrated marketing platform
  • Funding and investment recommendations for new suppliers to get funding from VC arms or through the corporate venture arms of OEMs
  • Support the development & impact of policies and setting realistic legislative targets (such as meeting the EPA in the United States on commercial vehicles and with the European Union policymakers on safety)
  • Determine competitive benchmarking to understand what competitors are doing and support in best practice assessment
Advisory services projects include the following:
  • Support a Korean OEM to evaluate the European market for B-segment diesel engine and design their Gasoline and Powertrain portfolio and for Europe in B-segment
  • Support a European OEM in developing a business case for developing a hybrid powertrain
  • Help a Japanese OEM understand European market requirement for driveline technologies—included market, competitive, as well as the voice of customer analysis
  • Develop a powertrain and technology strategy for meeting EPA regulations in the United States for an Asian OEM
  • Create an advanced electric power steering systems technology portfolio by benchmarking competitors and understanding future OEMs needs by vehicle segment
  • Understand Indian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese OEM customer needs for turbo-charging systems for passenger cars, light, and medium commercial vehicles, and off-highway vehicles to create a customer value package
  • Determine advanced technology benchmarking and KPI analysis across German OEMs to support R&D programme of an Asian OEM
  • Support a European OEM to develop its onboard and off-board diagnostic platform by benchmarking best practices across automotive, aerospace, and other industries
  • Conduct strategic analysis of the gaseous fuels developments in the transportation market to identify the investment implications for a Tier I powertrain engineering group
  • Analyze the Chinese market for electric parking brakes with a focus on technology breakdown and model strategy of key Chinese vehicle manufacturers
  • Assess OEMs turbo-charging and intake manifolds sourcing strategy and detailed pricing analysis in China, India, and APAC for light duty applications
  • Create a business case for 42v for a Japanese OEM
  • Support an OEM with cost benefit analysis of a steer by wire system

Frost & Sullivan offers a range of workshop formats that can be fully customized to your specific needs. These include:

  1. Options Evaluation
  2. Megatrends
  3. War rooms

Frost & Sullivan can deliver a bespoke workshop to your organization to highlight the potential impact of future technologies to your business, turning potential threats to potential opportunities. The unique and dynamic design of our workshops is designed to fit around your needs whether they be for current challenges facing your organization, or medium and long term planning for your business in the next five to ten years.

Frost & Sullivan can organize, fully facilitate and present with a keynote speaker a complete and comprehensive strategy day that will fully engage all attending delegates. The outcome will generate new ideas in a fast-paced technology market, while aligning cross-departmental delegates, gaining key stakeholder buy-in and supporting the underlining goals of the organization.

As part of the deliverables, Frost & Sullivan will ensure all ideas and strategies are captured, providing full written follow-up reports and actionable recommendations post-workshop. We have delivered such workshops for many leading organizations across the value chain, including Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Proctor & Gamble, Fincantieri, Michelin, and many others.

We have been very impressed by Frost & Sullivan. The team showed deep knowledge and understanding of the automotive industry and the international business development environment, the focus of our company. They have literally read our minds and after recommending a strategy that leverages our capabilities to solve market needs, they delivered a business plan that perfectly brings our vision to concrete, clear goals and actions.


Frost & Sullivan has been supporting Nissan in editing Nissan’s Electric Vehicle Newsletter. This is a Nissan internal electronic publication issued on a monthly basis. The newsletter summarises the most significant industry, market and political news from Europe on the whole EV ecosystem (vehicle,  infrastructures, etc). Additionally, EV market statistical information are published. The information is sourced from European media which Frost & Sullivan are continuously screening, analysing and finally summarising adding their expert opinion. The newsletter is an important publication for Nissan. It keeps Nissan members, especially those located oversees informed on the latest and most important developments in Europe in the compressed and tailor made format. We have worked with Frost & Sullivan on numerous projects related to media screening and research. We prize their service quality and professionalism. The newsletter project is no exception. It has been running for a year now, work has been always delivered on time and to highest quality standards. We are looking forward to extending this project to the next years.

Strategic Fundamental Researcher for Future Technologies, Nissan

Frost & Sullivan’s team helped us in considering current and future mobility trends, their impact to the UK, and future growth potential…Their detailed insight has been utilised by my team both internally and externally, and I would not hesitate in considering them for future mobility related assignments

IM, Rail & Marine, and Technology Strategy Board

Frost & Sullivan facilitated a Mega Trend, “macro to micro” workshop with the corporate strategy group of SMMT which comprises some of the most senior executives of vehicle manufacturers suppliers in UK. The feedback from all participants was terrific and they were particularly impressed by both the scope and depth of Frost & Sullivan’s knowledge. We will be working with Frost & Sullivan further to implement some of the new initiatives identified.


Frost & Sullivan’s team were a pleasure to work with and exceeded the already high expectations we had for this project. It’s very refreshing to work with a high group that not only ‘get’ your business model but are able to challenge intelligently and help crystallise your thinking…we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again

Frost & Sullivan’s unrivalled research, consulting, and network positions Frost & Sullivan as a leading authority on Mobility, able to support on you on several assignments.

Our Research

Frost & Sullivan’s Future Vehicle Systems & Technologies division produces over 60 strategic studies every year. Each study banks over 500 hours of work from analysts who conduct primary research with all major industry stakeholders. The team has published over 500 studies in the last 10 years. The team also publishes strategic market insights, movers and shakers interviews with industry thought leaders, and white papers. Our research is dynamic and global in scope.

Our research team maintains strong relationships with OEMs and suppliers. We leverage these relationships in a mutually beneficial manner through interviews that provide a holistic and unbiased opinion of what technologies and features will be embraced, when, and in which vehicles. The team conducts market, technology, customer, competitive, and comparative analysis of supplier and OEM strategies.

Over the last decade, the team has expanded its footprint to include analysis of both developed and emerging markets. We have a strong presence in all key markets around the world, which includes five offices each in India, ASEAN, and China; three offices in Latin America and the Middle East; and a growing presence in Africa. To support our clients in Japan, we now translate some of our key research deliverables into Japanese and will soon offer the same service to our Chinese clients.

Expertise Areas

The six key groups within this program area are:


Focuses on future fuels (hydrogen, bio-fuels), powertrain types (hybrids, electric), and current and future technologies. Evaluates the impact of legislation, the effect of CO2 or EPS regulations, and predicts which powertrain configurations OEMs might have in the future.

Vehicle Interiors

Focuses on interior modules/systems, seating, cockpit, and mood lightings. Also covers hot topics such as the digitization of the instrument panel and HMI/GUI solutions such as touchscreens, 2D and 3D gestures.

Vehicle Exteriors

Focuses on exterior modules/systems, exterior lighting such as laser and courtesy lights, repair and recycling solutions. Also covers trending themes such as the use of exotic materials in the body in white.

Chassis, Safety, and ADAS

Broad spectrum of key topics including suspension, braking, drivelines, both active and passive safety, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Assesses OEM strategies, profiles suppliers, outlines technology roadmaps as well as evaluates new business models.

Vehicle Electronics

Provides latest insights from both the passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle industries within this sector and beyond. Included here are electronics found within, and interacting with, the vehicle environment that is no longer limited to the automotive industry. Monitoring of wearable technologies and connected technologies that link the driver / vehicle to the larger environment, including the smart home.

Connected car (vehicle telematics) and autonomous vehicles

Focuses on the impact on future vehicle systems, new business models, and strategies as a result of connected (V2X) and autonomous vehicles.

Meet the Team

Sarwant Singh

Senior Partner

Franck Leveque


Veerender Kaul

Vice President

Kaushik Madhavan


Anjan Hemanth Kumar

Program Manager

Yeswant Abimanyu

Principal Consultant, Automotive: Automotive: Digital Transformation & Retail

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