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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market Segmented By Unmanned Underwater Vehicles with Shallow AUV, Medium, Large AUVs by Collision Avoidance, Communication, Navigation, Propulsion, Imaging Technology
The global autonomous underwater vehicle market is projected to reach US$ 596.7 Mn by the end of the forecast period, 2018-2027, registering a CAGR of 6.1%.
Autonomous underwater vehicles are useful for a wide range of missions such as shipwrecks, mapping rock formations, and other barriers, which could prove dangerous for recreational and commercial navigation vessels. Autonomous underwater vehicles are equipped with cutting-edge sensor technologies; for instance, sonar system and oceanographic sensors, which can complete the entire mission in lieu of operator intervention.
After completion of mission, these autonomous underwater vehicles return to their origin place or location where data is unruffled and administered in the same format to vessel or shipboard systems. Increasing number of research activities in the oil & gas industry, coupled with the increasing government spending for sea water monitoring to maintain aquatic life balance, are expected to drive the global autonomous underwater vehicle market over the forecast period.
Moreover, rapid growth in fish farming is also paving way for the growth of the autonomous underwater vehicle market as these vehicles can provide an affordable and reliable platform for aqua farmers to monitor water quality parameters, such as turbidity, temperature, and conductivity, and observe fish behavior during feeding processes in aquaculture.
On the flip side, autonomous underwater vehicles employ state-of-art communication systems that use electromagnetic radiation waves to communicate from object to ship or vessels. Water absorbs electromagnetic radiation waves and subsequently makes communication systems ineffective, which is expected to lead to a decline in the sales of autonomous underwater vehicles during the forecast period.
The large AUVs segment is estimated to account for more than a 30% revenue share in the global autonomous underwater vehicle market throughout the forecast period and gain 126 BPS by 2027 as compared to 2018.
Moreover, significant growth in navy budgets for safety and security, coupled with increasing number of oceanography, research and other projects or investments, is anticipated to drive the large autonomous underwater vehicle market over the stipulated time period.
Oceanographers are using autonomous underwater vehicles to check the water quality of sea as well as maintain the quality of aquatic life. The segment is projected to create an absolute $ opportunity worth~US$ 46.8 Mn during the forecast period. The military & defense segment is estimated to be a prominent segment in the global autonomous underwater vehicle market, owing to the increasing adoption of these vehicles in navies around the globe.
By technology type, the market has been segmented into communication, propulsion, collision avoidance, imaging, and navigation. Among these segments, collision avoidance, communication, and imaging are expected to grow with leading value shares in the global autonomous underwater vehicle market, owing to the rising awareness of autonomous underwater vehicles as compared to conventional underwater vehicles.
However, autonomous underwater vehicles emit electromagnetic waves to communicate with ships or other onboard vessels and this technology may affect the communication process, owing to the fact that water absorbs these electromagnetic waves, rendering communication systems ineffective.
Manufacturers of autonomous underwater vehicles are observed to be adopting mainly three types of strategies, namely acquisitions, collaborations and product launches, in order to establish unique brand value and enrich their market shares around the globe. Autonomous underwater vehicle manufacturers are installing cutting-edge sensor technologies such as Sonar.
The global autonomous underwater vehicle market is consolidated by 10-12 players with the significant presence of large- and medium-sized manufacturers.
Kongsberg Maritime AS, Teledyne Gavia ehf accounts for approximately 15% to 20% in the global autonomus underwater vehicle market. The remaining share of the global autonomous underwater vehicle market is projected to be commanded by other leading players such as Saab AB, ECA Robotics SAS, and Fugro N.V., among others.
Some of the prominent players covered in this study on the global autonomous underwater vehicle market include General Dynamics Corp., Teledyne Gavia ehf, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Saab AB, Atlas Elektronik GMBH, ECA Robotics SAS, Fugro N.V., L3 OceanServer, Hydromea SA, and International Submarine Engineering Ltd.