The global weigh-in-motion system market is expected to reach $1,730 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period.
Increasing government initiatives towards intelligent transportation system and increasing public-private partnerships (PPPs), increasing traffic congestion, and low cost compared with static weigh scale are the major factors driving the growth of the weigh-in-motion system market.
The global weigh-in-motion system market is dominated by companies like Kapsch TrafficCom (Austria), Q-Free ASA (Norway), International Road Dynamics (Canada), METTLER TOLEDO (US), and TransCore (US).
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An intelligent transportation system (ITS) requires a joint effort from entities in various domains such as telecom operators, infrastructure providers, manufacturers, service providers, public sector, various governments, and user groups for deployment. Thus, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) would be key to the success of the ITS. Many nonprofit organizations such as ITS Canada, ITS America, ITS Thailand, ITS India, and ITS Germany are opting for strategic partnerships with different associations that work on roads and transport projects. For instance, ITS Canada entered into a partnership with the Indian Association of Roads and Transport for the development of ITS architecture in India. Further, to deploy ITS in European countries, ITS Europe (ERTICO) signed a public-private partnership with different stakeholders such as service providers, telecom operators, and infrastructure providers.
The WIM system enables intelligent use of the available transportation infrastructure and vehicles by allowing real-time information and data flow. It increases road safety by identifying overweight vehicles and reduces road wear over a period. Hence, increasing PPPs in emerging and developed regions for the development of ITS is expected to boost the weigh-in-motion system market.
The highway toll segment is expected to be the largest segment in the weigh-in-motion system market, by end-use industry. The higher adoption of WIM systems in highway tolls for weight-based toll collection and weight enforcement are the major driving factors for the WIM demand in this end-use industry segment.
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Onboard weigh-in-motion systems have numerous advantages over the other two types of WIM systems. For instance, an in-road low-speed weigh-in-motion system costs about USD 25,000–30,000 depending on the accuracy, whereas the hardware of the onboard weigh-in-motion system costs approximately USD 1,100–1,300 per truck. If such systems are made mandatory in the coming years, the hardware costs may even come down to about USD 550–600.
Thus, the onboard segment with several advantages such as low cost, less maintenance, no infrastructure, and high processing speed is expected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.
The adoption of high-speed systems is high for monitoring and recording the weight of high-speed vehicles in highway toll applications to reduce traffic congestion. Moreover, the increasing traffic congestion on national and international highways is expected to result in the replacement of low-speed weigh-in-motion systems in the coming years.
In Europe, weigh-in-motion sensing technologies have been broadly applied in many applications including pavements, bridges, and railways. During the 1990s, the European Commission initiated the WAVE (Weigh in motion of Axles and Vehicles for Europe) project and the COST 323 project [WAVE 2002, COST 2002]. WAVE implemented field tests of various weigh-in-motion systems in cold regions to rank the durability and performance of weigh-in-motion systems. COST 323 implemented testing in Switzerland to compare the capability and the stability of weigh-in-motion systems. European governments have been proactive in implementing weigh-in-motion systems across countries including the UK, Germany, and France for their significance in reducing traffic congestion, weight enforcement measures, reducing wear and tear of roads, and keeping the roads safe. These factors are driving the demand for a weigh-in-motion system in the region.
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- In December 2020, The City of Laredo selected TransCore to provide a comprehensive upgrade to the toll collection system on its four international bridges that connect the US and Mexico.
- In December 2020, Q-Free received orders worth of USD 3.54 million for weigh-in-motion (WIM) solutions in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.
In May 2020, The Kistler Group entered into a collaboration with Vehico, located in Braunschweig (Germany), a manufacturer of driving robots and vehicle control systems for vehicle testing. As a result, an extensive package of sensor technologies and driving robots will now be available from a single source.
- In February 2020, Kistler presented its new weigh-in-motion (WIM) system KiTraffic Digital to the public. It is the first system of its kind without an induction loop: the sensor itself registers when a vehicle needs to be measured. This reduces installation efforts and increases the reliability of the WIM site. With an accuracy of +/- 2%, KiTraffic Digital is the most accurate Weigh-in-motion system to date.
- In November 2019, TransCore celebrated the opening of its new Harrisburg facility, the facility consolidates several offices in the area and provides room for continued growth and expansion to serve customers in Pennsylvania and across the US.
- In October 2019, Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) was selected by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to design and implement a statewide Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). The new ATMS will serve as the foundation for the state’s intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications and replace the existing NaviGAtor system that has been in place since 1996.