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Autonomous Navigation Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Platform (Airborne, Land, Marine, Space, and Weapons), By Application (Commercial, Military, and Government), By System (Sensing System, Processing System, and Software System), and Regional Forecasts, 2021-2028

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The global autonomous navigation market size was USD 2.46 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 2.99 billion in 2021 to USD 9.32 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 17.63% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with witnessing a positive impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a higher growth of 5.3% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The sudden fall in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.


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The autonomous navigation system is a combination of complex systems that assists in carrying out decision-making based on surrounding situations and accordingly operate the vehicle without human interventions. It is installed in vehicles such as drones, robots, cars, boats, and others. The navigation systems technology is performed by using advanced technologies and autonomous navigation algorithms for accurate and safe navigation of vehicles. Systems such as inertial navigation, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), radars, LiDARs, cameras, odometers, barometers, ultrasound sensors, and infrared sensors are used for effective autonomous type of navigation based on robot operating system (ROS).

Japan, Russia, India, and the U.K implemented robots to assist COVID-19 patients. Thus, as the demand for robots increases, the demand for the autonomous navigation system used in the robots will be in demand. Thus, the market is anticipated to grow significantly from the years 2021 to 2028.


COVID-19 Led to Decline in Automotive Sector and Investment in AI-based Autonomous System

The ongoing pandemic situation and its adverse effect on operations and supply chain management have hampered the growth of the market. In addition, the sudden fall in demand for automotive has restrained the car manufacturers from designing and developing autonomous cars by mid-year 2021. However, the rise in demand for automatic navigation systems is observed in the defense industry. The rising demand for robots for border surveillance and combat operations has facilitated the growth during the pandemic. Safety measures such as social distancing have accelerated the use of robots in the hospitals and manufacturing sector. The company named Zipline is making around 100 medical services delivered daily. This type of navigation helps to navigate the drone to the desired locations, further rise in the deliveries of drones is expected to support the market. 


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Increasing Adoption of AI-Based Robots Will Boost the Demand for Autonomous Navigation Systems

The industrial revolution, such as AI and industry 4.0, has optimized the operational processes in the manufacturing industry. The time and cost-saving features and lesser human intervention machines have been manufactured in recent years. The augmentation of autonomous robots using artificial intelligence has revolutionized various industries. The key role behind autonomous robots is the autonomous navigation system. This system helps robots accurately detect the surrounding area and take the required decisions without human intervention.

Israel, Turkey, India are designing and developing AI-based robots for warfare. Recently, in November 2021, the Israel defense force (IDF) debuted the pack of AI-based drones used for combat operations to identify the targets.


High Demand for Robots in Logistics Industry has Surged Autonomous Navigation Systems

A significant rise in the demand for online shopping platform was observed post-COVID-19 pandemic. The accessibility, faster service, and reliable features of e-commerce platform-based companies have boosted the growth of the e-commerce industry. The surge in demand has facilitated the use of robots for operational purposes in logistics services. The easy, accurate, and cost-effective robots deployment has automated the logistics services. The rise in demand for robots in logistics has surged the demand for these navigation systems specifically used in autonomous mobile robots (AMR), aerial drones, automated guided vehicles, automated storage and retrieval system. Thus, it is expected to facilitate the growth of the market for logistics in the near future.            

Surge in Adoption of Unmanned Vehicles in Military has Benefitted the Market Growth

The adoption of unmanned vehicles such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), and others in military applications has increased owing to advanced technology and high investment from governments across the globe. Attributed to the increase in usage of unmanned vehicles for military operations, it has become crucial to enhance the communication and navigation system of a UAV to improve efficiency and increase the range of the connection. Autonomous type of navigation plays a key role in providing situational awareness during surveillance applications of military government.


Lack of Standard Infrastructure for Operation of Robots in Developing Countries May Hamper Market Growth

The U.S., the U.K, China, and Japan have designed and developed logistics infrastructure suitable for autonomous systems. However, lack of infrastructure and standard operating procedures for robots in Asian and Middle East countries has hampered the market growth. Moreover, the use of robots in manufacturing has been rising in recent years. The lack of skill and knowledge about the operation of autonomous systems has restrained the growth of the market.


By Platform Analysis

Autonomous Weapons Systems to Boost Demand for Autonomous Navigation Systems Market Growth

By platform, the market is divided into airborne, marine, weapons, land, and space. The land segment is expected to grow at the highest rate, owing to the rising demand for industrial robots, e-commerce industry, military systems, and others.

The airborne segment growth is attributed to rising demand for air medical services, and cargo delivery in the commercial and defense domain is anticipated to drive the growth for the airborne segment. The space industry is using autonomous navigation of space exploration activities.

Similarly, rising border surveillance and threats have propelled the demand for technologically advanced weapon systems equipped with these navigation systems. Hence, the sub-segment is expected to grow at the fastest growth rate during the review period.

By Application Analysis

Rising E-commerce Demand Will Propel the Commercial Segment Growth

By application, the market is sub-segmented into commercial, military, and government. The commercial segment will witness fastest growth in the next few years. This is attributed to the substantial demand from the e-commerce sector, use of robots in hospitals during COVID-19, automotive industry, and defense systems.

The military sub-segment is expected to witness the largest share owing to the significant rise of autonomous navigation system in modern battlefield management and weapons systems. The government segment is expected to grow at a moderate rate owing to the replacement of humans with robots in the coming years.

By System Analysis

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Cost-effective and Technologically Advanced Software System to Propel Growth

By system, the market is divided into sensing system, processing system, and software system. The cost-effective and technologically advanced software processing unit segment establishes demand from OEM and aftermarket companies. Moreover, according to our study, the high growth for machine learning and computer vision systems in autonomous navigation technology is expected in the coming years. Furthermore, the increasing demand for 3D visualization of the surrounding objects will propel the growth of the segment.

The processing system segment is expected to grow at a significant rate due to the growing demand for sensors in autonomous vehicles for processing the information. Similarly, the sensing segment witnessed highest market share in 2020, owing to demand from commercial and defense applications.


North America Autonomous Navigation Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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North America leads the market and is expected to continue to dominate during the review period. The conventional systems have been replaced by technologically advanced real-time autonomous navigation of mobile robots by key companies such as Honeywell International, General Dynamics, Raytheon Technologies, and L3 Harris Corporation that contribute to the growth of the market.

The market in Europe will grow at a significant CAGR from 2021-2028, owing to the rising number of autonomous cars, robots, and navigation systems for surveillance.

Asia Pacific region is anticipated to establish the fastest growth rate due to increasing investment in the automotive and robotics sector. Moreover, Indian government initiatives such as Digital India can facilitate the market growth. Companies based in India, China, and Japan are looking forward to strengthening autonomous cars and UAV facilities.

Rest of the world comprises the Middle East & Africa and South America. These sub-regions showcase moderate growth due to increasing investment for the development of technologically advanced cars and AI-based robots in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


Advancement in Technologies such as AI and Robotics by Key Players Drive Growth of the Market

Increasing focus on the development of unmanned ground and aerial vehicles concepts and augmentation of AI-based robots systems and robotics for industrial and military applications are the industry trends and market dynamics in the autonomous aircraft and autonomous navigation domain. Key players have adopted key growth strategies such as mergers & acquisitions and agreements.


  • ABB (Switzerland)

  • Honeywell International (U.S.)

  • Safran (France)

  • General Dynamics (U.S.)

  • Raytheon Technologies (U.S.)

  • Thales Group (France)

  • Trimble (U.S.)

  • L3 Harris Technologies (U.S.)

  • Moog Inc. (U.S.)


  • December 2021 – Sea Machines Robotics and HamiltonJet launched a new product JETsense, an intelligent voyage control product that utilizes autonomous navigation, multi-sensor fusion, and computer vision for ship navigation land marine.

  • August 2019 – Rhea Space Activity (RSA) developed the navigation module to design a software tool for monitoring the projections of satellites in cislunar space. The company entered into a contract with the U.S. Air Force under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract.


An Infographic Representation of Autonomous Navigation Market

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The global autonomous navigation market research report covered a detailed analysis of the market. It focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, autonomous robots portfolio, and leading applications of these aircraft. Besides this, the scope offers insights into the autonomous system trends and highlights key industry developments. Moreover, the report comprises several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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By Platform

  • Airborne

  • Land

  • Marine

  • Space

  • Weapons

By System

  • Sensing System

  • Processing System

  • Software System

By Application

  • Commercial

  • Military

  • Government

By Geography

  • North America (By Platform, System, Application, and Country)

    • U.S. (By System)

    • Canada (By System)

  • Europe (By Platform, System, Application, and Country)

    • U.K. (By System)

    • Germany (By System)

    • France (By System)

    • Italy (By System)

    • Russia (By System)

    • Rest of Europe (By System)

  • Asia Pacific (By Platform, System, Application, and Country)

    • China (By System)

    • India (By System)

    • Japan (By System)

    • Australia (By System)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By System)

  • Rest of the World (By Platform, System, Application, and Sub-Region)

    • Middle East and Africa (By System)

    • South America (By System)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 2.46 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 9.32 billion by 2028.

The market is estimated to grow at a significant CAGR of 17.63% over the forecast period.

The software system segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

North America dominated the market share in 2020.

The increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous navigation robots is the latest technological trend in the market.

According to the study, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period.

According to the study, the U.S. and China are expected to be the fastest-growing countries during the forecast period.

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