Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market Size, Analysis | Report 2028

Automotive ECU Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Application (ADAS and Safety System, Body Control and Comfort System, Infotainment and Communication System, and Powertrain System), Propulsion Type (Electric, Hybrid, and ICE), ECU Capacity (16-Bit ECU, 32-Bit ECU, and 64-Bit ECU), and Vehicle Type (Heavy Duty, Medium Duty, and Light Duty)

Publication Month : Nov 2021

  • Report Code : TIPAT00002270
  • Category : Automotive and Transportation
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 190
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The automotive ECU market is expected to grow from US$ 28,155.75 million in 2021 to US$ 42,649.95 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2021 to 2028.

Rapid technological advancements in automotive transmission systems by manufacture are anticipated to boost the growth of the market. Furthermore, due to the shift in demand for fuel-efficient products with higher performance, the market is expected to be driven by the increasing usage of automotive ECU. Many automakers are now offering intelligent automotive ECU, which allows drivers to enhance their driving experience. Owing to the rapid increase in demand for automatic cars, particularly in emerging nations such as China, India, Brazil, and Russia, the global automotive ECU market is predicted to grow significantly. The surge in per capita disposable incomes and consumer spending is responsible for this massive demand of premium cars. Furthermore, the market expansion is accelerated by technical developments and increased R&D activity.

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Automotive ECU Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 28,155.75 million in 2021
Market Size Value byUS$ 42,649.95 million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 6.1% from 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period2021-2028
Base Year2021
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The global automotive ECU market is segmented on the basis of application, propulsion type, ECU capacity, vehicle type, and geography. Based on application, the market is segmented into ADAS and safety system, body control and comfort system, infotainment and communication system, and powertrain system. By propulsion type, the market is segmented into electric, hybrid, and ICE. Based on ECU capacity, the automotive ECU market is segmented into 16-bit ECU, 32-bit ECU, and 64-bit ECU. By vehicle type, the market is segmented into heavy duty, medium duty, and light duty. In terms of geography, the automotive ECU market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and South America (SAM). A few of the key companies operating in the automotive ECU market are Aptiv, Autoliv Inc., Continental AG, Denso Corporation, Intellias Ltd., Marelli Europe S.p.A., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Transtron Inc., and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Automotive ECU Market

The temporary shutdown of manufacturing facilities hindered the automotive ECU market growth in 2020. The continued spread of COVID-19 was severely dangerous for the market players in 2021. The automotive industry requires a significant number of human laborers. On the contrary, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading through human gatherings, which is hampering the operations of the sector. Thus, the overall declining trajectory in the automotive sector is reflecting in the limited growth of the automotive ECU market.

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Automotive ECU Market Insight

Rising Adoption of Smart Technologies Bolsters Automotive ECU Market Growth

The demand for automotive electronic control unit (ECU) is increasing at a notable rate in the SUVs segment of the automotive sector. The rising demand for SUVs is thus boosting the growth of automotive ECU market. The popularity of SUVs continues to grow in almost every market in the world. As the global marketplace has experienced tremors due to trade tensions and a slowdown in the Chinese market, car manufacturers look for new ways to expand their presence. The shifting interest of customers from sedan or hatchbacks to SUVs started 7 years ago and is still progressing strong, which has encouraged vehicle manufacturers to focus on integrating advance automotive ECUs in these vehicles. China accounted for ~46% of global SUV sales in 2020, registering a year-on-year rise of 27%. The SUV market in China has undergone some significant changes.

Application Segment Insights

The automotive ECU market, by application, is segmented into ADAS and safety system, body control and comfort system, infotainment and communication system, and powertrain system. The ADAS and safety system consists of various components such as anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability control, and traction control, which are mandate components in almost every vehicle in each country. Thus, the ADAS and safety system segment dominates the market.

Automotive ECU Market, by Application (% Share)

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Propulsion Type Segment Insights

The automotive ECU market, by propulsion type, is segmented into electric, hybrid, and ICE. The ICE segment dominates the market due to significant share and deep penetration in the market. However, the market for the electric segment is growing at the highest CAGR due to the increasing sale of electric vehicles in countries such as China, the US, the UK, and Germany.

The market players focus on new product innovations and developments by integrating advanced technologies and features in their products to compete with the competitors. For instance, in July 2021, Veoneer, Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with a pioneer in LiDAR, Baraja, to industrialize their Spectrum-Scan LiDAR technology for the next market wave of L2+ through L4 autonomous vehicle applications. This makes Veoneer the developer, marketer and integrator of a scalable Spectrum-Scan platform from Baraja to serve the automotive market.

Global Automotive ECU Market - By Application

  • ADAS and Safety System
  • Body Control and Comfort System
  • Infotainment and Communication System
  • Powertrain System

Global Automotive ECU Market - By Propulsion Type

  • Electric
  • Hybrid
  • ICE

Global Automotive ECU Market - By ECU Capacity

  • 16-bit ECU
  • 32-bit ECU
  • 64-bit ECU

Global Automotive ECU Market - By Vehicle Type

  • Heavy Duty
  • Medium Duty
  • Light Duty

Global Automotive ECU Market – Company Profiles

  • Aptiv
  • Autoliv Inc.
  • Continental AG
  • Denso Corporation
  • Intellias Ltd.
  • Marelli Europe S.p.A.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Transtron Inc.
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Application, Propulsion Type, ECU Capacity, and Vehicle Type

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the driving factors responsible for the growth of automotive ECU market?

Escalating Sales of SUV Worldwide
Growing Sales of Premium Cars in China

What are the market opportunities for automotive ECU market?

The OEMs across the world are now focusing on reducing the global carbon footprint by encouraging the use of electric vehicles. With the growing mobility on demand, passenger car and taxi manufacturers are focusing more on deploying greener technologies in these vehicles. This drives them to the field of electrification of vehicles, specifically passenger cars. Several countries worldwide are highly focused on building green transportation.

Which vehicle type segment has the largest market share in 2020?

The automotive ECU market by application is segmented into ADAS and safety system, body control and comfort system, infotainment and communication system, and powertrain system. The ADAS and safety system includes various components such as anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability control, and traction control, which are mandate components in almost every vehicle in each country. Thus, ADAS and safety system segment dominates the market growth.

Which region is expected to witness significant demand for automotive ECU market?

APAC is expected to be the one of the fastest growing region in the adoptions of automotive ECU. The APAC region has a huge growth potential with fast growing countries like China and India and developed nations such as Japan. The region is expected to grow at around 6% to 7% this year and accounts for two third of global growth. The current focus towards the development of a solid and a strong manufacturing sector by the Asian countries has boosted the prospects of the automotive manufacturing in the region. There are various positive factors that are expected to drive the growth of automotive ECU market in this region.

Who are the major vendors in the automotive ECU market?

Key companies operating in the automotive ECU industry include Aptiv PLC; Continental AG; Denso Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; Veoneer Inc; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Robert Bosch GmbH; ZF Friedrichshafen AG; TRANSTRON Inc.; and Pektron Several other players are also operating in the global market, contributing significant revenue shares every year.

Which region has the largest market share in the automotive ECU market?

Geographically, APAC dominated the automotive ECU market in 2020 with a market share of more than 50% and is expected to continue its dominance by accounting by 2028.

The List of companies- Automotive ECU Market

  1. Aptiv PLC
  2. Continental AG
  3. Denso Corporation
  4. Hitachi, Ltd.
  5. Veoneer Inc
  6. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  7. Robert Bosch GmbH
  8. ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  10. Pektron

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