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The global automotive RADAR market size was valued at USD 4.40 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 4.74 billion in 2023 to USD 9.51 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period.
Radar is a well-known technology that relies on the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves to measure, detect and locate environmental obstacles. It is particularly useful for automotive applications because vehicles are excellent at reflecting electromagnetic waves, allowing accurate measurement of vehicle distance, position, and speed.
Economic factors such as rising disposable income and low-interest rates have contributed significantly to the increase in car sales. Increasing investments in the development of the automotive industry in Japan, the U.K., China, India, Germany, and the U.S. contributed to the growth of this market. Introducing advanced driver assistance systems in passenger vehicles may impact a significant growth opportunity for the market. The advanced driver assistance system radar enables comprehensive insight into the vehicle's surroundings, helping occupants proactively identify potential hazards.
Government driver and vehicle safety regulations will also boost the automotive radar market growth. Advanced driver assistance systems in passenger cars ensure vehicle safety and road safety. In Europe, comprehensive pedestrian protection is compulsory according to the Euro NCAP rating (European New Car Rating Programme). A new car must have at least one assistance system. Automotive Radar is presumed to provide safety features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision detection, warning notification, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, parking assist, and rear cross-traffic warning. End-user awareness of these safety features will drive the market demand during the forecast period.
Disruption in the Supply Chain and Travel Restrictions Hindered Market Growth Amid the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the automotive industry across the globe. Various countries worldwide have implemented nationwide lockdown norms to prevent the spread of the virus. Auto sales plunged sharply in the second half of 2020 due to the pandemic and strict social distancing regulations. Stringent social distancing norms and nationwide lockdowns had resulted in the complete closure of various OEM manufacturing units, halting the movement of raw materials and directly or indirectly affecting thousands of dependent workers and the industry. The lockdown also impacted the revenue streams allocated towards R&D and adopting new technologies like automotive RADAR. Lockdowns, unemployment, and wage cuts have exponentially reduced car needs. This has also significantly reduced the purchasing power of the consumer.
In the second half of 2021, various OEMs worldwide resumed manufacturing operations while adhering to appropriate social distancing standards to avoid spreading the virus. Multiple countries worldwide have implemented large-scale vaccination campaigns to limit the spread of the virus. These factors have gradually increased the demand in the automotive market, boosting the global automotive RADAR market demand during the forecast period. For instance, in 2021, total net sales of Aptiv Plc increased by 20% compared to 2020.
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Increasing Adoption of Electric Vehicles to Drive the Market Growth
Various countries have set goals to reduce vehicle emissions by 2050 and started promoting the development and sales of electric vehicles. Development and investments in charging infrastructure and tax benefits offered by the government on the purchase of electric vehicle is also boosting the demand for EVs across the globe. For example, U.S. electric car sales increased from 0.2% in 2011 to 4.6% in 2021. Additionally, as manufacturers introduce more electric vehicles, consumers will have a wider choice of electric vehicles, which will bode well for the market.
Stringent Government Regulations Regarding Vehicle Safety
Road accidents are the leading cause of death of people worldwide; the alarming number of death caused by road accidents have forced governments to impose strict rules on automobile industries. Hence, ruling organizations worldwide have developed stringent regulations to minimize the number of road accidents and death tolls. Therefore it has become mandatory for companies to manufacture vehicles with safety features installed in them. Many automotive companies are developing a technologically advanced RADAR system that makes driving safer. For instance, in December 2021, Europe made automatic emergency braking mandatory in all cars from the start of 2022. Therefore stringent government regulations is responsible for automotive RADAR market growth over the forecast period.
Rising Sales And Demand For Passenger Vehicles Is Expected To Propel Market Growth
Rising sales and demand for passenger vehicles in developing countries are anticipated to drive market growth during the forecast period. Developing countries like India, China, Japan, and South Korea are expected to boost the demand for passenger vehicles. Increasing investments in R&D by key players in this region are anticipated to drive the global market amid the installation of the technologically advanced radar system in passenger vehicles. Growing disposable income of users and inclination towards safe and efficient driving is expected to propel the market.
Limiting Robust Machine Vision to Hamper the Growth of the Market
Radar has a strong ability to detect the trajectory of dynamic objects and view things. However, the irregular nature of radio waves limits their ability to classify objects and locate vehicles. Advance driver assistance system (ADAS) applications typically use gigahertz frequencies between 70 GHz and 90 GHz, resulting in very narrow bands that compromise the angular resolution of radar devices. Additionally, the use of transmitter and receiver antennas makes it bulky and difficult to mount. In general, the classification, resolution, and sizing challenges appear to be difficult for manufacturers to solve, as solving one challenge adversely affects other parameters. For example, if the development focuses on improving resolution, the need for more transmitters will grow, increasing the sensor's overall size.
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Medium-Range Radar Segment Dominates the Market Owing to its Lower Cost and Precise Operation
Based on the range, the market is segmented into short-range radar (SRR), medium-range radar (MRR), and long-range radar (LRR). Medium-range radar is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period, owing to the increasing inclination of consumers towards applications such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), heading distance indicator, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and rear cross-traffic alert. The medium-range radar comprises digital beamforming (DBF) and 3-4 receive channels. This helps medium-range radar to be configured with independent receive channels for different directions, which increases the measurement accuracy of MRR.
MRR gives accurate information about users' blind spots and traffic coming forward from the rear side of the vehicle. Long Range Radar (LRR) is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the market and helps detect objects from meters to hundreds of meters away. This sensor provides information on objects' relative position, speed, and size around the vehicle. LRR has greatly contributed to improving vehicle safety and enabling the development of autonomous driving technology. By feeding real-world data to decision-making algorithms, vehicles can better understand their surroundings and make informed driving decisions.
Adaptive Cruise Control Segment to Lead the Market Strict Vehicle Safety Norms
By application type, the market is fragmented into Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward-Collision Warning (FCW), and Intelligent Parking Assistance. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is expected to drive the market owing to stringent government regulations to avoid collisions on the road. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) helps the vehicle to adapt the speed according to the surrounding vehicles. RADAR equipped at the vehicle's front end helps detect the vehicle's speed ahead and adjusts its speed accordingly. If the forward vehicle reduces speed, ACC detects the change and slows down the vehicle to maintain a gap between them. If ACC detects that the vehicle ahead is no longer in the Range, it again accelerates to the speed set by the user. Automating and de-accelerating the vehicle are done automatically without the user's interference. Intelligent parking assistance holds the second-largest position in the market. The intelligent parking assistance system parks the car by itself without the need for a human driver and with high accuracy and less time than the experienced driver. This system uses a combination of cameras and sensors for its precise operation. This factor is expected to maintain the second-largest position of the intelligent parking assistance system over the forecast period.
77 Ghz is Expected to Drive the Market Owing to High Resolution and Accurate Object Detection and Tracking
By Frequency type, the global market is fragmented into 24 Ghz and 77 GHz. The 77 GHz frequency is the most common frequency for these systems. It has advantages like wide bandwidth, high resolution, and accurate object detection and tracking. 77 GHz is used for various applications such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Parking Assistance. Modern 77 GHz systems often have multimode capabilities, allowing them to operate in different modes, including a long-range mode for detecting objects at great distances and a short-range mode for accurate object detection at close Range.
These factors are expected to maintain the 77 GHz dominance over the forecast period. 24 GHz is expected to occupy the second-largest position in the market. 24 GHz frequency is similar to 77 GHz but less used in modern automotive applications. One of the biggest advantages of 24 GHz is its lower cost than high-frequency radar systems. As with high-frequency, 24 GHz can be integrated with other sensor technologies such as cameras and LiDAR. This sensor fusion allows for a more comprehensive awareness of the vehicle's surroundings, improving safety.
Asia Pacific Automotive RADAR Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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Geographically the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to show lucrative growth and holds the largest share in the market. It was valued at USD 1.81 billion in 2022. The OEMs operating in this region offer next-generation technologies for improving traffic congestion and the transport's overall convenience. Manufacturers in this region focus more on developing high-end applications to attract more consumers and have a leading edge over their competitors. These factors will fuel the growth of the market in this region.
The Europe market was valued at USD 1.78 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 4.00 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 11%, and is anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period. The region will dominate this market over the forecast period. Europe is expected to show a considerable growth owing to supporting initiatives like EuroNCAP, which is encouraging the ease of fitment of the safety features in the vehicle. Most automotive industries in Germany invest almost one-third of their revenue in research and development. Hence, with advanced infrastructure, Germany is expected to hold the largest market share in this region during the forecast period. The rapid growth of autonomous cars will also support the market's growth.
North America will also show profitable growth in the market over the forecast period. The automotive manufacturers' technological development of RADAR sensors in this region towards the ADAS system will drive the market. The adoption of sensor-based technologies is increasing in the automotive sector, and the demand for the advanced driver assistance system with combined RADAR capabilities will also grow.
Companies are Focusing on Partnerships, Acquisition, and Building Advanced Radar to Gain a Competitive Edge over Others
Some leading companies dominate the global market due to their critical strategic decisions, robust product portfolio, and dominance of market share. These include a group of 4-5 key companies with a more extensive geographic presence and persistent R&D, resulting in secure regulatory approvals. For instance, in March 2021, Bosch partnered with Global Foundaries to develop a RADAR chip for automotive ADAS applications. It identifies dangerous situations on the road ahead, ensures the car is in the correct lane, warns of a potential collision, initiates emergency braking, and assists with parallel parking.
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CAGR of 10.5% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion) and Volume (Thousand Units)
The Fortune Business Insights study shows that the market size was USD 4.40 billion in 2022.
The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 10.5% over the forecast period (2023-2030)
The application segment is expected to be the leading segment in the global market during the forecast period.
Bosch GmbH, Continental AG, and Denso Corporation are the global market players.
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