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Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market: Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2018 - 2026

Overview:

Demand for automotive diagnostic scan tools is expected to witness strong growth due to increasing electrification of vehicles worldwide. Automotive diagnostic scan tools are combination of electronic devices and software that are used as interface with diagnostic systems in vehicles. These tools are used for identifying faults or malfunctions in electric systems of vehicles by simply plugging cable into a diagnostic connector and running full scan. Advancements in technologies have enhanced these diagnostic tools to detect faulty areas in an electronic systems with ease. Increasing preference for automated diagnostic systems over conventional manual systems have accelerated demand for diagnostic scan tools for automobiles.  

Increasing production of vehicles and complexity involved in connected cars are some other factors fueling adoption of diagnostic scan tools. Stringent emission norms introduced by governments across the globe for continuously monitoring vehicle emissions is further enhancing the market growth. For instance, in India, BS IV emission norms were enforced since April 2017. In 2016, the government of India announced that the BS V norms would be skipped and the country will altogether adopt BS VI norms by 2020. In line with these norms, vehicles will equip on-board diagnostic systems for emission control. Prior to the introduction of automotive diagnostic scan tools, robust procedures and large number of tools were required to identify defects in vehicles. The process was carried out manually which consumed huge amount of time and was tiresome. Thus, in order to overcome this challenge, the garage equipment manufacturers introduced a state-of-the-art diagnostic tools for quickly identifying and rectifying faults in vehicles.

Growing consumer preferences for technologically advanced high-end cars having sophisticated architecture is another factor facilitating the growth of the automotive diagnostic tools market. Moreover, rising number of independent vehicle service stations is anticipated to further spur the growth of automotive diagnostic tools market in the coming years. On the other hand, complexities involved in the functioning of the diagnostic scan tools coupled with limited presence of skilled workforce for handling technologically advanced equipment are some of the major factors acting as hindrances to the market growth.

Automotive diagnostic scan tools are used increasingly across various service stations for all types of vehicles including passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The vehicle type segment was led by passenger cars in 2017. The dominance of passenger cars is reflective of their greater production share over commercial vehicles. In terms of geography, North America led the overall automotive diagnostic scan tools market in 2017. The market in the region is primarily backed by rising demand for technologically advanced high-end cars. Additionally, growing consumer preference for accurate and easy fault detection mechanism is facilitating the market growth in the region. On the other hand, Asia Pacific is expected to witness strong growth during the forecast period. Growing demand for luxury and comfort cars and stringent government emission norms are some of the major factors contributing to the growth automotive diagnostic scan tools in the region.

The global automotive diagnostic scan tools market is segmented on the following basis:

  • Equipment Type
    • Wheel Alignment Tester
    • Handheld Thread
    • Digital Battery Tester
    • Automotive Paint Inspection Equipment
    • Vehicle Emission Test System
  • Vehicle Type
    • Commercial Vehicle
    • Passenger Cars
  • Geography
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • Germany
      • France
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Rest of World
      • Middle East & Africa
      • Latin America

Key players identified in the global automotive diagnostic scan tools market include but are not limited to:

ACTIA Group, AVL List GmbH, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, Inc., Continental AG, Delphi Technologies, Denso Corporation, DG Technologies, DSA Daten-und Systemtechnik GmbH, ETAS Group, Fluke Corporation, General Technologies Corporation, Hickok, Inc., KPIT Technologies Ltd., Snap-on Incorporated, and Softing Automotive Electronics GmbH among others

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