Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market is segmented By Propulsion Type (Internal Combustion Engine, Hybrid, and Battery Electric Vehicles), By Application Type (ADAS and Safety System, Body Control and Comfort System, Infotainment and Communication System, and Powertrain System), By ECU Type (16-Bit-ECU, 32-Bit-ECU, and 64-Bit-ECU), By Autonomy Type (Conventional Vehicle, Semi-autonomous Vehicle, and Autonomous Vehicle), By Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles), and By Geography (NorthAmerica, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers market size and forecast for Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 6 %

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Market Overview

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Market was valued at USD 44 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 67 billion in 2026 by registering a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

The Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive electronic control unit market is inevitable due to shut down of automotive manufacturing units and lock downs. However, market is expected to regain its momentum owing to the swiftly escalating year-on-year adoption rate of electric vehicles across the world.

Government regulations to reduce fuel usage and increasing demand for better mileage of the vehicles by the general public is another major factor leading to high growth of ECU market in the automotive industry.

The steady growth of alternative vehicle choices such has the hybrid and pure electric cars in the developed nations has contributed significantly to the ECU market due to high complexities of these vehicles over conventional vehicles. Driver safety, security concerns, ease of driving, low maintenance demanded by the customers are also some of the factors driving the growth of ECU market.

The involvement of smartphones connected to the vehicle providing the driver with real time information about the state of vehicle is a major trend in recent times. These advanced ECU systems with the provision to connect with the smartphones easily can lead to an improvement in the growth of ECU systems.

Asia-Pacific region followed by North America and Europe anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to growing demand for electric vehicles in the region. Moreover, Increased demand for technologically advanced vehicles like hybrid vehicles in the developed and developing countries to drive the growth of ECU market.

Scope of the Report

Automotive Electronic Control Unit is a family of computer systems that controls and maintains the entirety of electronic, electrical and mechanical systems of a vehicle. Automotive functions ranging from the movement of the windows to the amount of air-fuel mixture required for each engine cylinder has an ECU system embedded with it which is recorded, analyzed and stored in the microcontroller.

The Scope of the report covers segmentation based on Propulsion type, Application type, ECU type, Autonomous type, Vehicle type and Geography. By Propulsion Type, the market is segmented into Internal Combustion Engine, Hybrid, and Battery Electric Vehicles. 

By Application Type, the market is segmented into ADAS and Safety System, Body Control and Comfort System, Infotainment and Communication System, and Powertrain System. By ECU Type, the market is segmented into 16-Bit-ECU, 32-Bit-ECU, and 64-Bit-ECU.

By Autonomous Type, the market is segmented into Conventional Vehicle, Semi-autonomous Vehicle, and Autonomous Vehicles. By Vehicle Type, the market is segmented into Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles. By Geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. For each segment, market sizing and forecast have been done on basis of value (USD billion).

By Propulsion
Internal Combustion Engine
Battery Electric Vehicle
By Application
ADAS and Safety System
Body Control and Comfort System
Infotainment and Communication System
Powertrain System
16-Bit ECU
32-Bit ECU
64-Bit ECU
By Autonomy
Conventional Vehicle
Semi-Autonomous Vehicle
Autonomous Vehicle
By Vehicle
Passenger Cars
Commercial Vehicle
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Electric Vehicle Sales to Boost Demand for ECUs

The demand for Electric Vehicles is growing rapidly across the world, and this in turn to augment demand for ECU in these vehicles. In addition, favorable government subsidies and initiatives to act as catalyst boosting the growth of ECU market. By 2040, nearly 54% of the new car sales and 33% of the global car fleet will be electric. 

To meet the electric vehicle sales target, the European government has already started various projects for building charging infrastructure across the regions. This transformation in the automotive industry is expected to have an impact on the automakers, electronic component manufacturers, aftermarkets, and supply chain of the industry itself. 

As a result, manufacturers of parts and components only pertaining to IC engine vehicles are now expanding their business into the electric vehicle domain. As the demand for and sale of electric vehicles are increasing. In the automotive diagnostics market, components, such as ECU for engine control and transmission, would be replaced by ECUs for the electrical architecture and the battery management systems. 

Moreover, the conventional diagnostic systems are anticipated to be completely replaced by the onboard diagnostic systems that would continually monitor the health of all the electric and mechanical components of the vehicle.

Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific Anticipated To Dominate the ECU Market

Asia-Pacific dominates the automotive electronic control unit market due to rise in the demand for in-vehicle infotainment and communication applications in passenger vehicles, an increase in disposable income, and rise in automobile production in this region.

Electrification in the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed a high penetration rate due to the presence of China and Japan, as China is the leading market for electric vehicles, and most of the automakers advancing in electric vehicle technology are from Japan. This development in electric vehicles can be correlated to the increase in the market for ECU in the region and currently holds the highest market share in terms of both revenue and volume.

North America is the expected region in terms of growth in the automotive electronic control unit market due to an increase in the demand for luxury cars, growing demand for energy-efficient vehicles, and strict government regulations to reduce carbon emissions in this region.

The European automotive ECU market is growing as the infotainment & communication applications are experiencing high demand due to their implementation in luxury & passenger vehicles. The growing focus on providing luxury and comfort features by leading automotive manufacturers present in European countries, including Germany, Italy, etc., is further generating prospects for the industry development.

Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market is dominated by players such as Lear Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Nidec Corporation, Continental AG, Delphi Technologies, among others. Companies around the world are adopting various and innovative technologies and investing in R&D projects. Moreover, manufacturers are expanding their networks by developing dealership and distribution networks globally to gain profits & strengthen the industry presence. For instance, 

  • In December 2019, Denso Corporation Bought a Stake in PiNTeam Holding GmbH PiNTeam Holding GmbH develops embedded software systems for vehicles. The equity investment has accelerated Denso's development of basic software that controls the onboard electronic control unit (ECU).
  • In January 2019, ZF Friedrichshafen AG & Xilinx Will Jointly Develop AI Automation and Autonomous Driving. This joint venture will help ZF Friedrichshafen AG to overcome the problem of autonomous driving systems and AI-based automation. Xilinx is a leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, powering its advanced AI-based automotive control units. This will also help ZF Friedrichshafen AG to overcome automation problems.

Owing to the above-mentioned instances and developments, players in the Automotive Electronic Control Unit anticipated to focus on capturing the majority of market shares and are likely to expand their geographical presence during the forecast period.

Recent Developments

  • In July 2021, Fuji Chimera Research Institute, Inc. surveyed the global automotive electronic control unit (ECU) market and announced that the market will expand 75.0% from 2019 to JPY 15.58 trillion in 2030 due to accelerated popularization of electrified vehicles and fuel cell vehicles (FCV). The research company predicted that the automotive ECU components market will grow 37.5% to JPY 18.27 trillion over the same period.
  • In April 2021, Bosch announced its joint venture with Qingling Motors, named Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems (Chongqing) Co. Ltd. The new company will develop, assemble and market fuel cell systems – so-called Fuel Cell Power Modules – for the Chinese market. The components required for this, such as the fuel cell stack, air compressor with power electronics, and control unit with sensors, come from Bosch, mainly from the plant in Wuxi.
  • In March 2020, Robert Bosch GmBH & Nikola Motor Company form a partnership to develop a Fuel cell truck this truck will have a capacity of 40 tons. The key element of the advanced truck system is the Bosch vehicle control unit, which provides higher computing power for advanced functions while reducing the number of independent units. the VCU supports future innovations by providing a scalable platform for the complex e/e architecture, which is essential to support the advanced features of Nikola's trucks.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Propulsion

      1. 5.1.1 Internal Combustion Engine

      2. 5.1.2 Hybrid

      3. 5.1.3 Battery Electric Vehicle

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 ADAS and Safety System

      2. 5.2.2 Body Control and Comfort System

      3. 5.2.3 Infotainment and Communication System

      4. 5.2.4 Powertrain System

    3. 5.3 By ECU

      1. 5.3.1 16-Bit ECU

      2. 5.3.2 32-Bit ECU

      3. 5.3.3 64-Bit ECU

    4. 5.4 By Autonomy

      1. 5.4.1 Conventional Vehicle

      2. 5.4.2 Semi-Autonomous Vehicle

      3. 5.4.3 Autonomous Vehicle

    5. 5.5 By Vehicle

      1. 5.5.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.5.2 Commercial Vehicle

    6. 5.6 By Geography

      1. 5.6.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.6.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.6.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.6.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Lear Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Robert Bosch GmbH

      3. 6.2.3 Nidec Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Continental AG

      5. 6.2.5 Aptiv Plc.

      6. 6.2.6 Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG

      7. 6.2.7 ZF Friedrichshafen AG

      8. 6.2.8 Autoliv Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 Magneti Marelli


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market is growing at a CAGR of 6% over the next 5 years.

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market is valued at 44 Billion USD in 2018.

The Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market is valued at 67 Billion USD in 2026.

Europe is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Robert Bosch GmbH, Nidec Corporation, Continental AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Autoliv Inc. are the major companies operating in Automotive Electronic Control Unit Market.

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