The global automotive testing, inspection, and certification market was valued at US$ 14.92 Bn in 2019 and is estimated to reach US$ 28.8 Bn in 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2020 to 2027.
Rising automation of vehicles and integration of advanced features in modern-age vehicles are propelling the automotive testing inspection, and certification industry. Variations in technologies of vehicles and rising number of accidents due to manufacturing faults are anticipated to drive the market
Transportation Technologies Driving Automotive Testing, Inspection, and Certification Services
The concept of TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification) is gradually becoming commonplace due to increased awareness about environmental regulations. Companies in the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market are leveraging opportunities in government as well as in the leasing and fleet companies to generate new revenue streams. This explains why testing and certification services are projected for tremendous growth and the market for automotive testing, inspection, and certification is estimated to reach a value of ~US$ 29 Bn by 2027.
In order to capitalize on the demand for TIC services, companies are launching new laboratory buildings to expand their reach. For instance, Intertek Group Plc.- a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announced the launch of their new laboratory building in San Antonio, housing its transportation technologies services. Companies in the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market are exploring multiple services such as chemical testing, emissions testing, and mechanical testing for automotive components.
Demand for Wireless Connectivity Encourages Companies to Focus on Industry-specific Tests
The projected increase in vehicle connectivity has fueled the demand for automotive testing, inspection, and certification services. The ever-evolving needs of occupants have led to advancements in wireless automotive technologies. Key drivers such as industry 4.0 and IoT are contributing toward the growth of the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market. Wireless communication technologies are playing a crucial role in the safety of occupants. Thus, growing consumer demands for automated and connected mobility solutions are resulting in exponential growth of the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market, which is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of ~8% during the forecast period.
Long range and short range applications of connected mobility solutions involve the global navigation satellite system and Near Field Communication (NFC). Hence, companies in the market for automotive testing, inspection, and certification are increasing their efficacy in industry-specific tests to focus on the functionality and efficiency of technologies. For instance, TÜV SÜD- a leading technical service corporation, is providing FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and GMA (Generic Multi-Access) (GMA) compliance for wireless and safety requirements.
Need for Uniform Regulatory Authority Persuades New Entrants to Compete with Leading Players
The automotive testing, inspection, and certification market is largely fragmented, as eight leading players account for ~20% of the market stake. However, heavy regulations associated with wireless equipment in vehicles pose a barrier for market growth.
Since several different regulatory boards in the market for automotive testing, inspection, and certification are introducing regulations, it is difficult for carmakers to get their products certified from regulatory authorities. Big enterprises in the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market are suffering exorbitant costs in the pursuit of their certification and smaller new entrants are falling short on expertise in order to succeed in the highly competitive automotive industry. Hence, there is growing demand for establishment of a uniform global regulatory authority that streamlines certification requirements of carmakers.
It is crucial for new entrants in the market for automotive testing, inspection, and certification to gain industry-specific expertise in wireless technologies and other aspects associated with industry 4.0 in the coming years.
Profitable Ventures Create Business Scope in Automated Vehicle Inspection
Strategic alliances of companies in the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market has led to the emergence of automated vehicle inspection. For instance, WeProov— an inspection mobile solution company, collaborated with the Bernard Group, one of the largest distributors of industry vehicles in France, to introduce their venture ProovStation to innovate in automated vehicle inspection services. As such, companies dealing in automated vehicle inspection services are tapping business expansion opportunities in France. This is evident, since the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market in Europe is estimated to witness significant growth in the near future.
Companies in the market for automotive testing, inspection, and certification are generating incremental opportunities through automated vehicle inspection services with the help of blockchain and AI technologies. Novel inspection services are being pervasively replaced by custom and time-efficient technological solutions. Companies are innovating in platforms that connect IT of vehicles with the API (Application Program Interface) of the novel software platforms.
Ensuring safety and reliability in transportation services has become one of the key focus points for companies in the automotive testing, inspection, and certification market. In order to comply with strict environmental regulations, companies are increasing their efficacy in emissions testing for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles, among others.
Several different regulations such as the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) in Europe and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. have created ambiguity among companies resulting in revenue losses while pursuing certification of products. Hence, both leading and small-scale companies should specialize in extensive R&D of regulatory framework of different regions to comply with industry-ready technologies such as wireless connectivity, IoT, and AI.
Dynamics of Automotive Testing, Inspection, and Certification Market
Challenges for Automotive Testing, Inspection, and Certification Market
Scope of the Report
The study provides a decisive view of the global automotive testing, inspection, and certification market by segmenting it by service type, by sourcing type, by place, and geography. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for automotive testing, inspection, and certification in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers demand for individual segments in all the regions.
The report provides the estimated market size of automotive testing, inspection, and certification for 2016 and forecast for the next nine years. The global market size of automotive testing, inspection, and certification has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on key service type, sourcing type, place, and region. Market size and forecast for each major service type, sourcing type and place have been provided in terms of global and regional/country markets.
In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.
Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market, National government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, North American Department of Transport, Europe Department of Transport, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobile (OICA), Factiva, etc.
Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews, and face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment, and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate the data and analysis. Primary interviews provide firsthand information on market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, and outlook, etc. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.
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