LiDAR Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The LiDAR market is segmented by Component (GPS, Laser Scanners, Inertial Measurement Units, and Other Components), Product (Aerial LiDAR and Ground-based LiDAR), End-user Industry (Engineering, Automotive, Industrial, Aerospace and Defense, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


12.76 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The lidar market was valued at USD 2.25 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 4.61 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 12.76%, during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • Over the years, advancements in lidar mapping systems and their enabling technologies penetrated into different verticals, like aerospace and defense, corridor mapping and topographical survey, automotive, mining, oil and gas, and other verticals, which are increasing the market scope of the lidar market.
  • The increasing use of drones, across various applications, such as aerospace and defense, agriculture and forestry, and natural resources management, among others, is expected to propel the industry’s growth. The delivery and automation sectors are the leading sectors that invest in drone research.
  • Rising demand for innovative 3D imaging technology throughout several areas of applications and growing adoption of aerial lidar systems to detect and explore various places and historical details are supporting the lidar market effectively.
  • Governments in different countries are using lidar technology for topographical surveys, mapping, surveillance, and monitoring in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Due to low cost and enhanced features, when compared to conventional alternatives, lidar is easily accessible for the government sectors.
  • However, due to the lack of awareness among end users and technological constraints, the growth of the lidar market is restrained.

Scope of the Report

LIDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. Advancements in laser scanning, GPS, and bandwidth have allowed for new lidar applications, such as mobile lidar known for mobile laser scanning (MLS), which is used for mapping, engineering, and self-driving applications.

By Product
Aerial LiDAR
Ground-based LiDAR
By Component
Global Positioning System
Laser Scanner
Inertial Measurement Unit
Other Components
By End-user Industry
Aerospace and Defense
Other End-user Industries
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Latin America
Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Ground - based LiDAR is Expected to Register a Significant Growth Rate

  • The ground-based lidar systems are expected to hold a major share in the market during the forecast period, owing to the key factors, such as low cost and increasing applications in SUV. Ground lidar possesses an exceptional ability to produce 3D images of land at coastal and other areas and ground movements, such as landslides, and it can be analyzed and measured by satellite imagery.
  • Ground-based lidar is commonly used to scan outcrop consisting of near-vertical cliffs and rocky slopes along canyon walls and hillsides. The first step in the acquisition process is to set up the scanner, aim at the outcrop, and define a scanning window and a scanning resolution.
  • Furthermore, EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute), who partnered with GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance), can utilize ground-based lidar to collect damage morphology data at speeds, accuracies, and range that was previously unimaginable in the earthquake. Therefore, earth observation may significantly stimulate the market growth.

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North America is Expected to Hold a Major Share in the Market

  • North America is dominating the lidar market, owing to the rising demand for 3D imaging technology in the US and Canada. Additionally, the increased adoption of lidar in government agencies is further expected to fuel the market growth. 
  • The increasing investments of business giants in North America, such as General Motors, Google Inc., and Apple Inc., toward ADAS and driverless cars are providing new opportunities for small, versatile, and low-cost lidar systems.
  • In addition, major companies in the market, such as Trimble, Faro, and Velodyne are based in the United States, which is another major factor for the large share of the North American market.
  • Furthermore, the US defense industry has increased its military and defense spending, which has created opportunities for lidar to proliferate into the industry. Key players profiled include Quantum Spatial (Aerometric), Faro Technology, Geodigital, Trimble Navigation Limited, Leica Geosystems, etc.

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Competitive Landscape

The lidar market is fragmented, due to many large and small players churning the competition in the market. Through product and technology launch, strategic partnership, acquisition, expansion, and collaboration, these players try to gain a competitive edge in the market. Key players in the market are Sick AG, Teledyne Optech, Velodyne LiDAR, 3D Laser Mapping Ltd, etc.

  • December 2018 - Velodyne added Nikon Corporation as a strategic investor for a multifaceted business alliance. This gave an advance timeline for manufacturing and mass production of lidar for the autonomous and advanced safety global market.
  • August 2018 - Sick AG launched a new range of high-precision light detection and ranging sensors. With the launch of the LMS1000 and MRS1000 infrared LiDAR sensors, the company has raised the bar in high-precision and reliable distance sensing and ranging.


Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Fast Paced Developments Due to Increasing Application of Drones

      2. 4.3.2 Adoption in Government Sector Applications

      3. 4.3.3 Increased Adoption of Lidar in the Automotive Sector

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 High Cost of LiDAR Systems and Integrated Components

    5. 4.5 Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Aerial LiDAR

      2. 5.1.2 Ground-based LiDAR

    2. 5.2 By Component

      1. 5.2.1 Global Positioning System

      2. 5.2.2 Laser Scanner

      3. 5.2.3 Inertial Measurement Unit

      4. 5.2.4 Other Components

    3. 5.3 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Engineering

      2. 5.3.2 Automotive

      3. 5.3.3 Industrial

      4. 5.3.4 Aerospace and Defense

      5. 5.3.5 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. South Korea

        4. India

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Sick AG

      2. 6.1.2 Teledyne Optech

      3. 6.1.3 Velodyne LiDAR

      4. 6.1.4 Quanergy Systems Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Quantum Spatial Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 3D Laser Mapping Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Faro Technology Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Leica Geoystems AG

      9. 6.1.9 RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH

      10. 6.1.10 Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.

      11. 6.1.11 Trimble Navigation Ltd

      12. 6.1.12 Denso Corporation

      13. 6.1.13 Innoviz Technologies Ltd

      14. 6.1.14 Neptec Technologies Corp.

      15. 6.1.15 Phantom Intelligence Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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