Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market Overview
The global automotive diagnostic scan tools market is projected to witness notable growth during the forecast period on account of the rapidly growing vehicle industry, implementation of stringent emission norms by the government, and increasing complexity of automotive electronics, especially in connected cars.
Based on vehicle type, the automotive diagnostic scan tools market can be classified into passenger and commercial vehicles. Of the two, faster growth in the market during the forecast period is expected from passenger vehicles. This can be mainly attributed to the increasing adoption of passenger cars, globally. Besides, the growing demand for vehicle safety is supporting the market growth.
Geographically, the automotive diagnostic scan tools market is expected to witness the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific, primarily because of the rising adoption of passenger vehicles and improving per capita income in countries such as China, India, and Indonesia. Besides, growing concerns over degrading air quality and ambitious government plans such as vehicle electrification and ban on diesel vehicles to meet the air quality standards in future are supporting the market growth in the region.
Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market Dynamics
The growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools market is mainly driven by rising automobile sales, stringent emission regulations, and growing complexity of automotive electronics, especially in connected cars. With improving standard of living in many developing countries of the world, including China, India, and Indonesia, urbanization continues to rise. The growing number of urbanites is resulting in the increased demand for automobiles in these countries. Since diagnostic scan tools (for repair services) are necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of these vehicles, the demand for these tools is also on the rise, corresponding to the growth in the automobile industry.
Also, in order to curb the emissions from vehicles, governments of various countries have made inspection and maintenance checks mandatory for fossil fuel-based vehicles in polluted urban areas. For instance, in the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements the Clean Air Act (amended in 2001), under which it is mandatory for 33 state and local regions to administer and direct vehicle inspection and maintenance programs to address the growing issue of vehicular emissions and meet the air quality standards through the use of on-board diagnostics (OBD) technology. Thus, stringent government regulations continue to drive the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools market.
Moreover, advancements in the vehicle technology have led to an increased demand for connected and medium- and high-end electric vehicles. These vehicles come with a wide range of advanced features, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connectivity, advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), and automatic braking, to enhance the driving experience, primarily through enhanced navigation and telematics services. The incorporation of these features in vehicles involves the use of various sensors and processors, which makes the automotive electronics complex. Therefore, diagnostic scan tools are necessary for resolving any issues related to these automotive electronics. Thus, it can be said that the growing complexity of automotive electronics is driving the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools market.
The major factor hindering the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools market is the low customer affordability for these tools. Technological advancements in the driveline technology have made the design of vehicles complex. Thus, corresponding to the growing complexity in the vehicle design, diagnostic scan tool manufacturers are offering improved products. As a result, the cost of these tools have become high, which is inhibiting their adoption to some extent, thereby negatively impacting the growth of the automotive diagnostic scan tools industry.
Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market Competitive Landscape
Some of the key players operating in the global automotive diagnostic scan tools market are Denso Corporation, AVL List GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, ACTIA Group SA, Delphi Technologies PLC, Softing AG, Hickok Inc., General Technologies Corporation, KPIT Technologies Ltd., Snap-On Inc., and Continental AG.
The report will also provide country-wise analysis of the market. Some of the major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Brazil, and Russia.