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Automotive Gesture Recognition Systems Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles), By Application (Multimedia/ Navigation/Infotainment, Lighting Systems, and Others), By Component (Touch Based System and Touchless System), By Authentication Type (Hand/Leg/Finger Print Recognition, Facial Recognition, Vision/IRIS Recognition, and Others), and by Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region :Global | Report ID: FBI108542 | Status : Ongoing



An automotive gesture recognition system is a technology that allows a driver to control the car's function with hand, eye, or head movement rather than physical buttons. These systems use various types of sensors, cameras, mathematical algorithms, and patterns to detect and interpret certain gestures made by the user.

Several gesture recognition system sensors are used in vehicles, including vision-based, ToF (time of flight), and ultrasonic sensors. Vision-based systems utilizes cameras to capture images of the driver, which are then analyzed by computer algorithms to determine the intended action. Time of flight (ToF) sensors use light pulses to measure the distance between the sensor and the driver's hands. Ultrasonic system emits high-frequency sound waves to detect the position and movement of the driver. Continental AG recently developed a touch-and-swipe hand gesture control system that allows drivers to control cars with hand gestures.

The global automotive gesture recognition system market is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years, driven by the rising demand for advanced technologies in vehicles and the growing trend of connecting cars.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Automotive Gesture Recognition Systems Market

Covid-19 had a significant impact on the automotive sector, including the gesture recognition systems market. The disruption in the supply chain and decreased demand for vehicles was the critical point. Many countries worldwide implemented strict sanctions and lockdowns on the movement of components and goods, disrupting the market logistics. People staying at home and less passenger usage led to a decrease in demand for the sales and service of these systems.

Post-COVID-19, the lifting of government regulations and implementation of stimulus packages for automotive industries helped boost the production of electric and hybrid vehicles. This has increased demand for cars equipped with gesture and facial recognition systems.

The gesture and facial recognition systems is expected to grow as the vehicle market bounces back and consumers prioritize safety features. Companies focus on the development of technology related to vehicle safety, accessibility, and connectivity. The market is likely to boost in the upcoming years.  


By Vehicle Type

By Application

By Component

By Authentication Type

By Region

  • Passenger Cars

  • Commercial Vehicles

  • Multimedia/Navigation/Infotainment

  • Lighting systems

  • Others



  • Touch Based System

  • Touchless System

  • Hand/Leg/Finger Print Recognition Facial Recognition

  • Vision/IRIS Recognition

  • Others

  • North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico).

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, and Rest of Europe).

  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Rest of the World

Key Insights

The report will cover the following key insights:

  • Key Industry Developments – Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships

  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis.

  • Technological Developments

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Automotive Gesture Recognition Systems Market.

Analysis by Vehicle Type

Passenger cars hold the largest market share in the gesture recognition systems market by vehicle type. The growing demand for cars in emerging countries will lead to the growth demand for gesture recognition systems in the region in the upcoming years. In particular, high-end luxury cars and mid-range cars incorporate various gesture technologies like biometric iris recognition, hand gestures for moving multimedia screens, and security locks. These vehicles are often equipped with advanced sensors, cameras, and features and have the necessary hardware and software components to support gesture systems. This fuels the market growth in the regional market of Asia Pacific.

Analysis by Application

The multimedia/navigation/infotainment system segment is combined and generally included in one unit. They use gesture control to control the vehicles' audio, video, and navigation systems. This application type is expected to hold the largest share in the market due to the high demand for this system; the use of gesture control systems for controlling multimedia is increasingly gaining traction as they provide a convenient, hands-free way of controlling the systems while driving. Also, the increasing demand for connected cars is expected to drive further growth in the application segment of gesture systems.

Analysis by Component

The sensors and camera units will have the highest growth because of its rising adoption and standardization in the entire vehicle segment. A typical vehicle has 5-10 ToF sensors, a structured light sensor, and ADAS camera system units powered by these 3D imaging units. These sensors and cameras combine to generate a 3D image of the user and detect the pattern of the gestures through onboard computer algorithms.

Analysis by Authentication Type

Vision/Iris scan uses a camera to recognize the unique pattern in the iris of the driver or passenger's eyes. This authentication type is expected to grow significantly due to its high accuracy and non-intrusive nature. Some vehicle comes equipped with eye trackers to monitor if a driver is tired or not, and this helps in the safety and security of the vehicle as well as passenger and drivers. Companies in automotive gesture recognition systems market are focused on developing new and advanced authentication technologies to improve the efficiency of their products, which can lead to increased market share and competitiveness in the global market. 

Analysis by Region

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The Asia Pacific region is expected to hold the largest market share due to the growing demand for vehicles in countries such as China and India, as they have the largest population share and growing urbanization. This region also has major OEM manufacturers and suppliers, which drive automotive gesture systems growth. Also, the rise in electric and hybrid vehicles and increased implementation of biometric, iris, and hand signal systems will be a factor for the development of the market in this region.

Key Players Covered

Continental AG (Germany), BOSCH GmbH (Germany), Delphi Technologies (U.K.), Denso Corporation (Japan), Renesas Electronics Corporation (Japan), NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands), Visteon Corporation (U.S.), Harman International (U.S.), Synaptics Incorporated (U.S.), Eyesight Technology (Israel), Cognitec Systems GmbH (Germany), and Valeo S.A. (France).

Key Industry Developments

  • In March 2023, Continental AG announced that it had developed a new gesture recognition system called "Touch and Swipe" that allows drivers to control various car functions with hand gestures.

  • In February 2023, Eyesight Technologies of Israel partnered with Chinese supplier Dongfeng to develop an advanced hand gesture recognition system. The partnership aimed to improve the safety and convenience of the vehicle's driver.

  • In September 2022, Valeo announced the development of a new gesture recognition system called "Invisible Controls" that allows drivers to control various systems and functions of cars with hand gestures.

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  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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