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Automotive Test Equipment Market

Automotive Test Equipment Market: Information by Type, Vehicle Type, Application Tool (Handheld Tool, Mobile Device Tool, PC/Laptop Tool), and Region — Forecast till 2026

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Market Overview

The global automotive test equipment market size was valued at USD 2.03 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.

Automotive industries needed mechanical data to verify computer-aided testing with parameters such as material rigidity, design stiffness, component testing, fatigue testing, and material forming. High performance and complete reliability are the key expectations from today’s automobiles. Thus, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers as well as testing labs on contract basis are focusing on developing secure and safe vehicle testing equipment. Their ultimate focus is on quality, performance, and reliability to meet business pressure in terms of reducing the time frame and controlling the cost associated with development. Moreover, advanced materials require accurate inspection as manufacturers are developing lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Automotive test equipment and systems are necessary for electrical testing, electronics vibration testing, functional testing, infotainment testing, and environmental testing as well as ensuring electronic reliability. Automotive testing encompasses an array of tests to gauge the fatigue strength of the complete vehicle, body parts, chassis, engine & powertrain, and electronics.


Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2017
Study Period
: 2016-2026
: 5.1 %
Fastest Growing Market
: North America
Largest Market
: Asia Pacific
Market Size
: USD 2.03 billion in 2026
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Market Dynamics

Increasing vehicle parc, coupled with innovations in vehicle electronics, drive the demand for automotive testing equipment to ensure vehicle performance and passenger and vehicle safety. Moreover, stringent emission standards that direct improvement in fuel efficiency and reduction in emissions and the time required for diagnosis are surging the demand for equipment and software in the automotive test equipment market, globally. However, the automotive testing equipment industry is expected to face challenges such as minimal awareness about testing equipment and their suppliers in developing and under-developed regions. For instance, “Qmax” is renowned for its IC and PCB testing in electronics circuitry, but vehicle manufacturers are unaware of the company’s testing services for the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which – when implemented in vehicles – will pose a hurdle for this market.

Segmental Analysis

The global automotive test equipment market can be segmented by type, vehicle type, and application tool.

On the basis of type, the market can be segmented into engine dynamometer, chassis dynamometer, vehicle emission test system, and wheel alignment tester.

On the basis of vehicle type, the market can be segmented into passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy commercial vehicles.

On the basis of application tool, the market can be segmented into handheld tool, mobile device tool, and PC/laptop-based tool.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the global automotive test equipment market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).

Asia Pacific leads the automotive test equipment market, owing to technological advancement, progressive improvement in safety systems, and increasing consumer awareness about safety issues. For instance, in November 2017, Ford established the new ‘Nanjing Test Center (NTC)’ with automotive testing equipment, which is capable of testing new vehicles manufactured in China. Moreover, it provides a hands-on learning environment for employees to collaborate, brainstorm, and develop prototypes.

After Asia Pacific, North America is expected to witness high growth in the automotive test equipment market during the forecast period. According to a news piece from August 2018, the ‘Ford Motor Company’ uses analyzers from ‘Grabner Instruments’, a subsidiary of AMETEK Inc., to check the performance of a vehicle under extreme operating conditions, including temperature, pressure, and altitude.

Europe is a prominent region in the automotive test equipment market due to the presence of various well-established automobile companies such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Volkswagen in the region. Moreover, with the growing acceptance of safety certification, such manufacturers are now providing excellent safety features, which are adequately tested on the basis of every safety criterion.

The LAMEA region is also expected to witness significant growth in the automotive test equipment market due to the increasing demand for a safer, efficient, and convenient driving experience. The growing fatality rate, largely due to road accidents, has escalated the demand for efficient safety systems in the LAMEA region, which is further driving market growth.

Automotive Test Equipment Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of Automotive Test Equipment Market

  1. ABB (Switzerland)
  2. Bosch (Germany)
  4. Ltd. (Japan)
  5. Honeywell (U.S.)
  6. Siemens AG (Germany)
  7. Delphi Auto Parts (Ireland)
  8. ACTIA Group (France)
  9. Presto Group (India)
  11. Sierra Instruments INC. (U.S.).

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 5.1%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Type
    1. Engine Dynamometer
    2. Chassis Dynamometer
    3. Vehicle Emission Test System
    4. Wheel Alignment Tester
  2. By Vehicle Type
    1. Passenger Vehicles
    2. Light Commercial Vehicles
    3. Heavy Commercial Vehicles
  3. By Application Tool
    1. Handheld Tool
    2. Mobile Device Tool
    3. PC/Laptop-based Tool
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Recent Developments

  • A leading provider of automotive test equipment ABB, in March 2018, developed the auto industry’s lightest knee airbag module. Its new module features a highly flexible design for various vehicle interior sizes and configurations.
  • In July 2017, Toyoda Gosei developed a new side airbag, which is scheduled for future use in about 2.5 million vehicles annually.
  • According to recent news, Dassault Systèmes partnered with Cognata Ltd to make autonomous vehicles safer as per government regulations. This partnership will make the fully-integrated autonomous vehicle development process more accurate and provide safety to autonomous vehicles on roads.
  • In July 2018, Autoliv, Inc. partnered with vehicle manufacturers, research organizations and other automotive suppliers in the new European H2020 research project, OSCCAR, which will provide valuable information to understand future accident scenarios and the best protection solutions with new restraint systems for novel interiors and seating positions for a diverse occupant population.

Automotive Test Equipment Market Segmentations

By Type

  • Engine Dynamometer
  • Chassis Dynamometer
  • Vehicle Emission Test System
  • Wheel Alignment Tester

By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicles

By Application Tool

  • Handheld Tool
  • Mobile Device Tool
  • PC/Laptop-based Tool

By Regions

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

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