Global Self-Driving Car Market Report, published by Variant Market Research, forecast that the global market is expected to reach $20 billion by 2024; growing at a CAGR of 25.7% from 2016 to 2024. By geography, North America is expected to hold the largest position holding the major share in the global self-driving car market.
The self-driving car is also known as a driverless, robotic, or fully automated car. About 1.25 million people are dying per year due to road traffic crashes according to ‘World Health Organization’, said in May 2016. The growing concern about reducing the number of accidents caused by human errors is the key driving factor of the market. Moreover, the significantly increasing investments in industrial automation in the automotive industry, as well as rising demand for smart and luxury cars worldwide, are also boosting the growth of self-driving car market. The unavailability of the compatible infrastructure of these driverless cars would act as a restraint for the market. Privacy and safety issues of the self-driving cars are major challenges for self-driving car manufacturers. Increasing R&D investment for commercialization of autonomous cars holds the opportunity for the lucrative growth of driverless car market during the forecast period.
Based on components, the self-driving car market is bifurcated as .hardware, software, optical cameras, Lidar, radar, and others. The software component of the market is estimated to hold largest market share during the forecast period, characterized by increasing technological advancement in software segment such as advanced driver assistance systems to enhance safety and driving process.
Based on the geographical analysis, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW ( South America, Middle East & Africa). North America is expected to grab the major chunk of the market holding about 40% of the market share; growing at .the highest CAGR during the forecast period, owing to the early adoption and the presence of key market players in this region such as Tesla, Ford and General Motors. However, Asia Pacific is expected to witness substantial growth rate during the forecast period; growth being driven by China, Japan, South Korea and India.
The key players of the market are Google Inc., Daimler AG, Tesla Motors, Inc., Audi AG, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative (DAVI), BMW AG, Volvo Group, Nissan Motor Company, Baidu Inc., Apple Inc. and Volkswagen among others. These major players present in the market are adopting new product launches as the key strategy to offer new and innovative products to customers to enhance their customer base. Moreover, agreements, collaboration, partnership, acquisition, and expansion are the market strategies adopted by the major companies in the self-driving car market. For instance, in 2009, Alphabet Inc. has started the development of fully automated vehicles. In December 2016, the Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. has formed a new driverless car company known as Waymo LLC. The Waymo has tested its autonomous cars across Texas, Washington D.C., California, and Arizona.