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The global automotive diagnostic scan tools market size was USD 31.87 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 32.71 billion in 2021 to USD 46.95 billion in 2028 growing at a CAGR of 5.3% during the 2021-2028 forecast period. Our analysis showed a 9.1% decline in the market in 2020 compared to the average year-on-year growth rate from 2017 to 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented and significant impact on the market, resulting in reduced demand worldwide.
The rise in demand for advanced automated systems in modern vehicles has led to a surge in the electrification of automotive components. However, diagnosing these electronic components manually using various tools was time-consuming and costly. To overcome this challenge, garage equipment manufacturers developed a standard tool for diagnosing vehicles by connecting a cable to the car's diagnostic connector. These scan tools comprise of electronic devices and software, which are used to identify any faults in the vehicle. They can also be employed to detect and analyze electronic system malfunctions in different types of vehicles and reprogram control modules. The increased significance of automotive diagnostic scan tools in the industry can be attributed to their ability to facilitate quick repairs and easier identification of automobile faults.
Decreasing demand for diagnostic scan tools due to COVID-19 is expected to hamper the market growth
The pandemic-induced lockdown during Q2 2020 and the subsequent restrictions through the rest of 2020 to mitigate COVID-19 has led to a significant reduction in passenger transport. For instance, according to a study published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) regarding changes in transport behavior during the covid-19 crisis, road transport activity decreased by nearly 50% by the end of Q2 2020 compared to 2019. Similarly, according to the Global COVID-19 Auto & Mobility Consumer Survey published by McKinsey for the start of Q3 2021, 51% of the surveyed respondents indicated that they would travel less than before the pandemic. Therefore, a decrease in vehicle usage will translate to reduced demand for automotive diagnostic services in short to mid-term.
However, mobility is recovering at different rates, with a significant rebound in the U.S. The use of public transport has increased significantly as compared to the second half of 2020, and shared mobility (especially micro-mobility services) has exceeded pre-covid-19 levels in several countries. According to the McKinsey survey, prospective vehicle buyers in key markets such as China and the U.S. have fueled the market’s positive recovery, and consumers’ intent to purchase new cars is expected to reach 94% of pre-COVID levels in the next year. These factors will positively influence the growth of the market.
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Increased Adoption of OBD-II Standard by Fleet Owners to Propel Demand
The demand for automotive diagnostic scan tools is expected to receive a boost due to the growing adoption of the OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics II) standard by fleet owners. Governments in the U.S. and Europe have mandated the use of OBD-II in all vehicles. This system allows telematics devices to record information on factors such as fuel usage, engine revolutions, fault codes, and vehicle speed, which can be used to monitor the performance and usage of fleet vehicles. This information can be accessed through a software interface, enabling fleet operators to keep track of key performance parameters such as fuel consumption, trip start and end times, and speeding.
Consequently, the increased use of on-board diagnostics in commercial fleets is expected to drive the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools market.
Increased Production and Usage of Vehicles to Spur Demand
In the upcoming years, the rising demand for vehicles in developing nations, driven by urbanization, is expected to increase the need for automotive diagnostic scan tools. Customers are now more inclined towards purchasing vehicles equipped with in-vehicle diagnostic scanning solutions. As awareness about such solutions increases among users, their demand is expected to surge in these countries.
Technological Advancement of Vehicles to Promote Growth
Vehicle architecture has become increasingly complex with the greater application of technologies such as electronic control modules and advanced driver assistance systems. Fault diagnosis for such systems is technically challenging for regular end-users. Hence, these scan tools with the provision of standard fault codes and other services provide a simple interface to consumers to determine the issues with the car and avoid expensive workshop repair for minor problems. Hence, the greater complexity of automotive electronics is likely to drive the growth of the market.
High Cost and Complex Functioning of Scan Tools to Hinder Growth
The high cost of advanced diagnostic scan tools and their complex operation, requiring skilled technicians, has limited the adoption of these tools among consumers worldwide.
Diagnostic Equipment/Hardware Expected to Hold the Largest Share Due to the Mandatory Implementation of Diagnostic Hardware in Europe and the U.S.
By product type, the market is segmented into diagnostic equipment/hardware and diagnostic software. The diagnostic equipment/hardware segment held the largest share of the market in 2020, primarily assisted by the mandatory implementation of diagnostic hardware such as the OBD-II ports on all vehicles in Europe and the U.S. It is also incorporated in all passenger cars in emerging economies. The diagnostic software segment is anticipated to exhibit a significantly higher CAGR during the next few years owing to the increasing adoption of 5G-based automotive communication and decreasing development costs.
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Passenger Cars Segment Dominated the Market in 2020 Due to the Increasing Sales of Passenger Cars Globally
Based on vehicle type, the market is segmented into passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The passenger car segment held the largest market share in 2020. The increasing awareness among consumers regarding fault-tolerance and continuous operation capabilities via the use of automotive diagnostic scan tools are responsible for the dominant position of the passenger car segment. Further, the commercial vehicle segment is expected to show considerable growth in the market owing to the greater adoption of OBD standards in heavy-duty vehicles.
Asia Pacific Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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As per the Asia Pacific automotive diagnostic scan tools market analysis, the region holds the largest share of the market and was valued at USD 15.43 billion in 2020. A substantial increase in the number of service stations and automotive workshops coupled with the high production of automobiles, particularly in China and India, are factors attributed to the dominance of Asia Pacific region in this market. Moreover, growing production of electric vehicles in the region is anticipated to further boost the demand for such tools.
Europe is expected to show significant growth in the market owing to mandatory OBD requirements and stringent emission regulations. Furthermore, early adoption of telematics devices and technologically advanced diagnostic software such as driver assistance functionalities propel the demand for diagnostics solutions in this region.
North America is expected to show considerable growth in the market due to guidelines in various states regulate data storage and data accessibility. This factor is expected to promote the use of diagnostic scan tools among consumers, which further fuels the growth of this market. Moreover, the growing demand for cloud based diagnostic features is expected to fuel the North American market.
Denso, Bosch, and Snap-on Incorporated are Leading Players in the Market owing to Industry-Leading Products
Global players such as Snap-on Incorporated, Continental, Denso, and Bosch hold dominant positions in the market with the expansion of product portfolio and entry into emerging markets via partnerships and strategic alliances a key area of focus for the majority of the manufacturers. For instance, SGS SA completed its acquisition of Advanced Metrology Solutions S.L. (AMS) in 2018. AMS specializes in precision services in 3D metrology as well as highly technical inspection measurement processes. The acquisition enables SGS to expand its product portfolio in the aforementioned services across Spain and Europe.
Key automakers such as Daimler AG, General Motors, and Volvo are developing proprietary interface technology or collaborating with other key players to enhance in-built diagnostic technology in the vehicles. Hence, the expansion of scan tool functionalities is expected to enhance diagnostic capabilities and enable greater collaboration among OEMs and diagnostic scan tool manufacturers. This factor can contribute to the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tool market over the next few years.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 31.87 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 46.95 billion by 2028.
In 2020, the Asia Pacific automotive diagnostic scan tools market value stood at USD 15.43 billion.
Growing at a CAGR of 5.3%, the automotive diagnostic scan tools market will exhibit good growth in the forecast period (2021-2028).
The passenger car segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Rapid electrification of automotive components, particularly in passenger cars, is a key factor driving the growth of the market.
Snap-on Incorporated, Denso Corporation, and Robert Bosch GmbH are major players in the global market.
The Asia Pacific region held the largest share of the market in 2020.
Stringent government regulations mandating the use of OBD standards in the majority of vehicles and increased awareness regarding vehicle safety among consumers is expected to drive the adoption of this market over the forecast period.
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