3D sensing market to stall and go again

June 17, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
3D sensing market to stall and go again
The global market for 3D imaging and sensing was worth about $6.8 billion in 2020 and will see soft growth for a year or two, according to Yole Developpement.

It will then grow more strongly as secondary markets such as automotive and industrial take off and is expected grow to an annual value of $15.0 billion in 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5 percent,

The market mainly serves mobile and consumer and that is still expected to represent 46 percent of the total 3D imaging and sensing market in 2026. Automotive and industrial combined will represent 22 percent of the market in 2026.

3D imaging and sensing market revenue 2016 to 2026 ($millions). Source: Yole Developpement.

"In mobile markets there is a temporary hiatus in growth of 3D sensing due to the ban of Huawei in the US as well as the fact that the Android camp has abandoned the technology," said Richard Liu, analyst at Yole Developpement. "The shipment volume of 3D sensing products recorded in 2020 is about 80 percent of the previous forecast. The gap between previous optimistic forecasts widened as sales leveled off."

There are numerous technological approaches to 3D sensing. Stereo vision, structured light and time-of-flight are the three most common approaches. LiDAR, often applied to autonomous driving, is still in its infancy.

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