Implementation of radar and LiDAR systems is picking up pace in the railway infrastructure. The rising demand for technologies to control train traffic, track train routs, avoid rail collisions, and detect on-track pedestrian will aid the expansion of the radar and LiDAR technology in railway applications market. It is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 1.3 Bn in 2021, finds Future Market Insights (FMI) in a new study.
Radar systems are basically used for the purpose of train traffic control. These systems are connected through computerized safety system for automatic emergency braking of the train when it approaches deadlock end track with unusually high speed. These systems are also fitted in train stations to detect objects on the tracks and prevent serious accidents.
LiDAR systems are used to gather information from surrounding land to plan the most efficient railroad routes, taking into account the terrain and any existing structures or obstacles. The data generated through LiDAR systems during LiDAR surveys and the resulting 3D digital model can be used to analyze current railroad conditions, identify safety risks and plan the construction of new lines and facilities.
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LiDAR sensors are attached on top of the railway car to capture speed signals from all the train tracks. The rise in adoption of Radar and LiDAR systems for the purpose of train protection is expected to propel the market growth. According to FMI, the application of the technology to avoid railway collisions will account for nearly 38% of the market by 2031.
Key Takeaways: Radar & LiDAR Technology for Railways Application Market
- The global radar & LiDAR technology for railways application market is estimated to register a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period of 2021-2031.
- The U.S. has been at the forefront of adopting smart railway solutions. It accounts for over 80% of the North America market
- The rail industry in the U.K. is undergoing a radical transformation exhibiting adoption of smart technologies. Radar & LiDAR technology for railways application market in the U.K. will register over 10% y-o-y growth in 2021
- Driven by government plans for expanding railway infrastructure, China will emerge as a strong market for radar & LiDAR technology for railways application
- The government in India is undertaking various plans to upgrade the aging railway infrastructure, which is expected to drive radar & LiDAR technology for railways application market
“Radar & LiDAR systems plays a crucial role in railways applications. With rise in adoption of autonomous railway systems, the demand for these systems has increased further, which is creating attractive opportunities for growth” says FMI Analyst.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis on Radar & LiDAR technology for railways application Market
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on nearly all spheres on the global economy. Due to restricted connectivity during the lockdown, supply-chains, exchange and transfer of essential goods and services and distribution of various commodities have been affected.
The pandemic has adversely affected many countries worldwide, resulting into negative impact on the global economy. According to UIC estimates, the passenger and freight revenues could lose up to $125 billion total for both 2020 and 2021
The pandemic has driven most of the affected nations into shutdowns, restricting their commercial and industrial activities. As a result, transportation revenues dropped significantly, therefore, transport workers’ wages were deducted, other transport workers were laid off, and some transport companies closed due to bankruptcy. Resultantly, new investments in railway systems has been impeded.
The spread of coronavirus has directly affected the production and demand of Radar and LiDAR systems. All the companies working in the field of manufacturing railway infrastructure halter their operations for more than eight months. The market disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in 8%-10% Year on Year (YoY) decrease in annual Radar and LiDAR systems in 2020. However, as per research, the Radar and LiDAR system manufacturers have started recovering from the first quarter of 2021, also the global market would possibly recover soon in the coming quarters of 2021.
Increasing Investments in Emerging Regions Driving Growth
Within Asia, Japan was an early adopter of LiDAR technology as it quickly recognized the benefits LiDAR sensors that offered excellent point elevation accuracy and was far less dependent on favorable weather conditions that governed the passive optical sensors.
Australia follows Japan in adoption of airborne LiDAR technology, although the sensor numbers are significantly less. But the size and variety of LiDAR projects is often very large as compared to projects in Japan. This has impelled several leading companies to shift their focus towards emerging nations.
Who is winning?
The key players in the market for train control and management systems are focusing on the Asian market owing to their immense scope and large customer base.
For instance, Hitachi has been investing in facilitating training centers for its other business domains which could provide the company with greater chances of leveraging the Asian customer base for its train control and management systems offerings.
Some of the leading players operating in the market are Radarxense BV, Radar Vision, Earth Radar Pty Ltd, Bosch Mobility Solutions, Navtech Radar, ELVA-1, DEUTA-WERKE GmbH, Hupac Intermodal, BlackBerry Limited, Leica Geosystems AG, Trimble Inc., RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GMBH, SICK AG, Quantum Spatial, Velodyne Lidar, YellowScan, Phoenix LiDAR Systems, XenomatiX, and IDS GeoRadar (Hexagon).
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More Valuable Insights on Radar & LiDAR Technology for Railways Application Market
FMI’s report on the Radar & LiDAR technology for railways application market is segmented into four major sections such as Radar technology (radar sensor modules (speed measurement radar sensors and distance measurement radar sensors) and service (integration & installation services and support services)), LiDAR Technology (devices (mobile LiDAR scanners, aerial LiDAR drones, and on-board LiDAR sensors), LiDAR processing & mapping software, and services (LiDAR survey & mapping services, consulting services, and support services)), application (railway track faults detection, rail collision, pedestrian detection, train tracking & control, and others), and region (North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, Middle East & Africa) to help readers understand and lucrative evaluate opportunities in the Radar & LiDAR technology for railways application market.