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Automotive Hypervisor Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Vehicle Type (Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle), Type (Type 1 and Type 2), Level of Automation (Semi-Autonomous and Fully Autonomous) and Regional Forecasts, 2021-2028

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The global automotive hypervisor market size was valued at USD 137.1 million in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 158.1 million in 2021 to USD 1,475.7 million by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 37.6% during the forecast period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the automotive hypervisor witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a significant decline of -6.3% in 2020. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Hypervisor is the software and hardware that creates and runs multiple virtual machines on one system, enabling automotive to achieve the necessary cloud concept for the connected vehicles. It generally consists of the host and guest machines. The computer on which the hypervisor runs one or more virtual machines is the host machine. The automotive industry just started to use these systems, and in recent years, the number of vendors in the market has also increased along with the combination of RTOS offerings.

Moreover, hardware virtualization and embedded technology is majorly used in automotive for in-car infotainment and digital cockpit application. Increased concerns of in-vehicle safety and comfort functions, and a significant growth in global sales of premium vehicles and mid-sized cars, are propelling this market. Furthermore, Xen automotive hypervisor has built a legacy to provide flexible, safest, and most stable system for modern data centers.

Disruptions In Supply Chain Management To Slow Down Growth Of Automotive Hypervisor Market Amid Pandemic

The lockdown and financial collapse caused by the COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on numerous manufacturers and suppliers.

The lockdown also halted the supply chain, owing to reduced vehicle sales. The hypervisor technology in the automotive sector has seen a moderate decline in their business. The luxury vehicles sales have seen recovering in some regions, but it affected the significant loss to the overall global market. The automotive software companies also saw a huge loss in profit margin due to the pandemic. However, despite such a scenario, the demand for safety & comfort features in vehicles has never declined. The pandemic had a significant influence on market trends and growth. Although the duration of the epidemic is difficult to predict, the recent advent of COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021 would be beneficial for the automobile and transportation industries.

Furthermore, many corporations have already begun restarting production in areas around the world where individuals have been vaccinated, following numerous safety protocols to protect employees. These variables will have a beneficial influence on market growth in the near future. In addition, major companies that provide advanced technology & solution to the OEM seem actively in strategies to recover the loss due to COVID-19 with their various strategies. Hence, eventually, the growth in the auto market is expected to drive the development of the global market in the coming years.


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Increasing Use Of Software And Adoption Of Advanced Automotive Technologies to Augment Growth

The increased preference for technically upgraded vehicles, including safety features, is propelling the industry. Customers place the highest importance on reliability and riding comfort. Software companies have come together to provide services owing to demand for ADAS features, infotainment systems, and other vehicle-connected services. Moreover, these companies are working on providing dedicated efficient software related to powertrain, connectivity & security, middleware, OS, and many others. Similarly, companies manufacturing safety device for automotive already started adapting to the changing circumstances. As a result, they are planning to invest heavily and bringing innovation in product technology that shall be used in the future vehicles.

 In addition, futuristic autonomous vehicles have changed the industry trends to move from having standalone systems for individual applications to more integrated systems for multiple functions with a single application System-on-Chip (SoC). This is achieved due to the latest technology use such as IoT, AI, and machine learning tools. This technology uses collected data and is processed through an advanced computer. The upcoming trend of using such platform/technology for different telematics, instrument cluster, infotainment, diagnostics, and many others will drive the automotive hypervisor market growth.


Rising Use Of Embedded Virtualization Technology in Automotive Will Drive Market

The automotive manufacturers have seen the rising complexity in cars due to increasing autonomy, stringent safety & security requirements, and the increasing consolidation of vehicle control units. Therefore, operating players are more focusing on virtualization in many ways to reduce these complexities in future vehicles. Moreover, embedded virtualization technology allows processors a unique resource to multiple applications and OS in a secure/safe manner. These factors perform a different function in modern vehicle types, including infotainment, digital instrument cluster, and safety to run independently and in an isolated manner.

For instance, Harman provides device virtualization solutions that power different vehicle architectures transformation for digital cockpits and other domain controllers. The key players such as Continental, Denso, and others in each region's ecosystem have begun adapting to the changing geographical patterns based on client demands and preferences.  Because of increased demand, for vehicles and increased living standards this industry will expand across the globe.

Moreover, improving financial climate, growing consumer demand, technology progress, and tightened federal regulations are all positive reasons for market expansion.


High Cost of Installation and Maintenance Is Limiting Market Growth

The market growth will be limited by the high cost associated with the virtualization system. The hardware cost varies by the architectures and features used in vehicles. The automotive hypervisor types also play a deciding factor in the overall cost. Moreover, frequent upgrade, maintenance, and software troubleshooting for different applications make the system more complex and increase the cost. As a result, the factor will slow the growth rate. Furthermore, this technology is majorly seen in luxury vehicles and high-end models with several advanced features. Thus, lower use in the economy/standard vehicle class with its significant shares in the global market is limiting the automotive hypervisor growth.


By Vehicle Type Analysis

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Passenger Car Segment To Dominate The market With Its largest Share

The market is segmented into passenger car and commercial vehicle segments based on vehicle type.

During the projection period, the passenger car segment is expected to have the highest CAGR. Clients' increased disposable income, growing demand for luxury cars, and a movement in customer preference from sedans to SUVs have fueled global demand for passenger cars and their premium features. However, the rise in demand for comfort & safety features in each vehicle class is expected to supplement passenger car segment growth in the forecast period.

Furthermore, demand for innovative technology in the light commercial vehicle category has increased in various European and North American countries. In 2020, the heavy commercial vehicle category exhibited minimal growth and dominance. Rising mining and transportation activities in Asia Pacific are expected to drive up demand for large commercial vehicles.

The increasing need for transport of people and goods in Europe coupled with rising automation and digitalization is also expected to grow the shares of the commercial vehicle segment over the forecast period.

By Type Analysis

Type 1 Segment Dominates the Market

The market has been segmented based on type into type 1 and type 2.

The type 1 replaces the operating system as the software components control the hardware. These factors are also known as bare metal or native hypervisors. Additionally, type 2 runs on preexisting operating systems/extended hosts. The demand for type 1 in the global market is high. Thus, it is mostly used by auto manufacturers. In addition, the OS has sole responsibility for loading the hypervisor and communicating with the hardware.

Furthermore, it also performs precisely and is a highly secure architecture. However, type 2 is the fastest-growing segment as its multiple-layer compatibility of OS makes it more suitable for automotive applications. Type 2 is expected to grow in the coming years in the global market. 

By Level of Automation Analysis

Semi-Autonomous Segment is expected to Hold Largest Market Share

The market is segmented into semi-autonomous and fully autonomous based on level of automation.

The semi-autonomous segment accounts for the largest share in the global market. The dominance can be attributed to various factors, including rising infrastructure supporting semi-autonomous vehicle features, automotive hypervisor companies spending /strategies, and government involvement. Further, companies’ development to cater to the need of luxury vehicles, improved living standards, and rising number of higher-class sections of the population are the factors responsible for the growth of the semi-autonomous segment.

A fully autonomous segment is at the initial phase. It is limited due to the lack of continuous robust connectivity, infrastructure in every region and price of the vehicle, and lots of investments in projects. However, the fully autonomous segment is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period. It will be equipped with advanced safety, comfort, and convenience features and will make the embedded technology of luxury vehicles more complex with large hardware content.


Asia Pacific Automotive hypervisor Market Size, 2020 (USD Million)

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In terms of geography, the market can be categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world.

Asia Pacific stood at USD 57.74 million in 2020, and is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing region in the forthcoming years. Likewise, higher vehicle manufacturing and the implementation of new solutions will boost the regional market growth. Furthermore, several favorable government measures aimed at reviving the auto industry, which was battered by COVID-19, are expected to promote market expansion in these regions. Furthermore, the high rate of adoption of advanced functionality and luxury car sales, as well as technical advancements in the car industry, are likely to fuel the market growth.

Europe holds the second-biggest position in the market. Increased production of vehicles and the adoption of advanced technologies in IC Engines will enhance the market growth in this region. Furthermore, key market players in this area, consumer adoption of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, shared mobility are likely to fuel market expansion in this region.

North America is expected to have the third-biggest share in the global market because of the increased vehicle sales and rising consumer preference for convenience, safeness, and comfort features. The market's expansion can be ascribed to advanced technological architecture and industrial behemoths.

The Rest of the World consists of the Middle Eastern, Latin America, and Africa. This region contributes very less compared to other region owing to fewer automotive OEMs & suppliers, low adoption of technology, and less presence of all typed vehicles. However, it is expected to grow in the future at a CAGR of 37.1%. The increasing sales of luxury vehicles and software required for the same will lead to grow the regional market.


Collaboration From Leading Players Operating In Business To Brightens Its Market Prospects

In December 2019, a global automotive supplier, Marelli and BlackBerry Ltd, collaborated through its electronic business in China to integrate the QNX hypervisor platform for Marelli’s eCockpit and digital cluster solution. This fully integrated QNX software solution is used for a combination of safety, instrument clusters, and infotainment.

In July 2020, OpenSynergy, Google, and Qualcomm decided to virtualize automotive operating systems. These factors allowed multiple OS with mixed-criticality requirements to share the same hardware managed by host software (hypervisor). Moreover, Google has announced a collaboration with other automotive OEMs to enable power in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems with Android Automotive OS.


  • Siemens AG (Munich, Germany)

  • Green Hills Software (California, U.S.)

  • Windriver System (Alameda, U.S.)

  • BlackBerry Ltd (Waterloo, Canada)

  • Renesas Electronic Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Sasken (Bangalore, India)

  • Continental (Hanover, Germany)

  •  Harman (Stamford, U.S.)

  • Hangsheng Technology GmbH (Berlin, Germany)

  • IBM Corporation (New York, U.S)


  • June 2021- Automated software verification, test tools, and analysis service provider –LDRA and specialist in automotive embedded software “OpenSynergy” companies partnered to support & promote a defense-in-depth strategy for embedded automotive functions/application using hypervisor technology.

  • September 2019 – Continental company has successfully presented the latest version of its Integrated Interior Platform (IIP), which further provides the basis for interaction between humans and vehicles in the connected cockpit. Additionally, to achieve this company uses a virtualization solution to run multiple OS on a single computer.

  • January 2020- Panasonic Automotive, leader in providing advanced car infotainment and connectivity solutions, has recently revealed their fully connected ecockpit concept. Moreover, this company's latest concept uses SkipGen 3.0 in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system and is integrated with Google’s Android Automotive OS. In addition, at the core of the system, this SkipGen 3.0 is paired with SPYDR 3.0(hypervisor), capable of driving up to eleven displays.


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The global automotive hypervisor market research provides detailed market analysis and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, competitive landscape, types, and leading product applications. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors above, the report encompasses several factors contributing to the market's growth over recent years.

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By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Car

  • Commercial Vehicle

By Type

  • Type 1

  • Type 2

By Level of automation

  • Semi-Autonomous

  • Fully Autonomous

By Geography

  • North America (By Vehicle Type, Type, Level of Automation)

    • U.S. (By Vehicle Type)

    • Canada (By Vehicle Type)

    • Mexico (By Vehicle Type)

  • Europe (By Vehicle Type, Type, Level of Automation)

    • U.K. (By Vehicle Type)

    • Germany (By Vehicle Type)

    • France (By Vehicle Type)

    • Rest of Europe (By Vehicle Type)

  • Asia Pacific (By Vehicle Type, Type, Level of Automation)

    • China (By Vehicle Type)

    • Japan (By Vehicle Type)

    • India (By Vehicle Type)

    • Rest of APAC (By Vehicle Type)

  • Rest of the World (By Vehicle Type, Type, Level of Automation)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global automotive hypervisor market size was USD 137.1 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,475.7 million by 2028.

In 2020, Asia Pacific automotive hypervisor market stood at USD 57.74 million.

The automotive hypervisor market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 37.6% and exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).

The passenger car segment is the leading segment in the global market.

Consumer spending capacity on luxury features, inclination toward safety & comfort features, and adoption of connected vehicles will propel the market growth.

Blackberry and Green Hills Software are the leading players in the global market.

The Asia Pacific region will dominate the market share in 2020.

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