The global market for automotive electronics networking will rise to $1 billion by 2014 from an estimated $389 million today, according to a report by Strategy Analytics Inc.
The report says in-vehicle electronic systems such as rear-seat entertainment systems, advanced active safety systems, and applications for portable music players will reach beyond premium vehicle segments where they traditionally have been available.
A separate report from the Boston consulting firm predicted that by 2013, hands-free communication systems will be in 85 percent of new vehicles made in North America and Europe.
Demand will grow because of requirements to reduce driver distraction. Applications for the technology include voice-activated cellular phones and digital music players that are integrated into the vehicle.