Autonomous driving, electrification boosts market for test & measurement

May 06, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive autonomy, electrification boosts market for test & measurement
As the global automotive industry is focusing on the development of autonomous cars and electric vehicles (EV), which present immense opportunities for the test and measurement industry. Market research and consulting company Frost & Sullivan therefore has dedicated a study to this industry segment. The analysis comes to the conclusion that if solutions offered by pure-play test & measurement OEMs and third party testing and certification service providers are combined, the global autonomous car and EV test and measurement market is estimated to generate revenues of $1.6 billion by 2025, up from $1.2 billion in 2019.

The development of autonomous and electric cars does represent huge opportunities not only for automotive OEMs and electronics providers, but likewise to the test and measurement industry, the authors of the study “Autonomous Car and Electric Vehicle Growth Opportunities in the Test and Measurement Market, Forecast to 2025” find.

Among four types of testing—advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), EV, infotainment, and connected car—ADAS is estimated to have the highest growth, reaching $659.9 million by 2025. This expansion can be attributed to the number of electronic control units (ECUs) and domain control units (DCUs) that are incorporated into a vehicle to make it fully autonomous and reduce its production time.

"There is a significant degree of overlap between infotainment, ADAS, and vehicle-to-everything (V2X); this overlap will increase as vehicle autonomy continues to grow, which will require testing methodologies such as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)," said Rohan Joy Thomas, Industrial Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan.  "HIL simulates real-world traffic in the lab environment and validates the performance of software embedded inside the ECUs and DCUs against the stimuli."

Thomas also noted the start-ups that continue to proliferate in the automotive industry pose a challenge to traditional automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in terms of innovation.

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