Advent of Autonomous Vehicles puts Spotlight on Automotive Camera Cleaning Systems: New Study

March 2021

Increasing focus on curbing risk of unforeseen events among automakers has bode well for the automotive camera cleaning systems market. As per a new study by Fairfield Market Research, growth exhibited by the market will remain bullish, primarily in response to the higher focus on innovations. The report has forecast the market to rise at an impressive 29% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Stringent regulations implemented to ensure improved driver and pedestrian safety will give tailwinds to the growth registered.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 1.35 million lives are lost each year due to road accidents. The risk is expected t  o get higher as the global transportation sector shifts towards autonomous driving. The technological advancement while, highly sought-after, comes with a few inherent challenges.

Identifying potential danger and operating safely are at the core of these challenges. A lesser known yet significant restraint lies in keeping automotive sensors and cameras free from dirt, dust, and debris. The report studies how effective cleaning can prove resource-efficient within the automotive sector.

Key Insights into Automotive Camera Cleaning System Market:

  • Driven by increasing focus on personal and public safety, the market is expected to reach US$1.28 Bn by 2027
  • Parking application to stand out while camera monitoring system (CMS) application anticipated to foresee a substantial growth rate of over 30% during the forecast period
  • Premium and entry level cars to showcase over 2% market share gain by 2027 due to rising penetration of ADAS technologies
  • Nano nozzle category to outperform with a CAGR of over 30% over the forecast period due to its compact size and good efficiency
  • Automotive camera cleaning system market poised to grow by nearly 30% CAGR on account of rising ADAS technology penetration and implementation of strict regulations
  • Stern norms in Europe and North America expected to provide a thrust for the market to proliferate in the respective regions followed by Asia Pacific.

The market remains concentrated amidst the top 5-6 key market players occupying majority of the market share with necessary technological know how

The automotive sector supported the advent of automotive parking by rolling out fixed eye cameras. Innovations such as surround view systems must be cleaned regularly to showcase their best performance. With camera cleaning systems, producers are not only improving road safety but offering improved driver safety,” said a lead analyst at Fairfield Market Research.

Europe and North America to Continue Spearheading Growth

Europe and North America represented over 30% of sales recorded in 2019. This trend is expected to continue especially as countries across both regions continue implementing more stringent safety standards for vehicle producers and owners with time. For instance, the federal rule mandated all new cars to incorporate back-up cameras, which went into effect in 2018. The same year dlhBowles, a leading camera cleaning systems producer, reported its sales to have skyrocketed.

Meanwhile, the U.K. follows a stringent set of guidelines for cash wash and cleaning. These guidelines are jointly produced by the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and Environment Agency for England and Wales. Besides this, in general higher willingness to spend on automated car wash and cleaning among vehicle owners will continue supporting growth in both regions.

Market Players Ramp Up Production to Gain Edge

The course of technological advancements within the automotive camera cleaning systems has been very remarkable, rendering it fiercely competitive. With innovations in cleaning systems unlikely to slow down, several companies are seeking collaborations to strengthen and expand their footprint. Others are pivoting their manufacturing capacities to offer innovations. 

For instance, in 2017 Continental developed a camera cleaning system for fish-eye automobile cameras. The system uses water jets to wash away dirt from lens. It also launched Surround View camera cleaning system, which was made available for sale in the market 2019 onwards.

The report offers detailed insights into competitive landscape. Some of the companies profiled are Denso Corporation, Continental AG, dlhBOWLES, KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG, Ficosa Internacional SA, MS FOSTER & ASSOCIATES, INC., MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., Panasonic Corp., and Valeo SA.