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The explosion in the volume of visual data, coupled with the increased sophistication of artificial neural networks and the availability of chips created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) processes, will all drive growth in computer vision (CV) over the coming years. CV will find myriad applications in several industries, reaching a market size of $32.8 billion by 2030, up from $12.5 billion in 2021, according to GlobalData forecasts.


This report provides an overview of the computer vision theme.

It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

It includes global market forecasts for the computer vision market and analysis of patents, company filings, and hiring trends.

It contains details of M&A deals driven by the computer vision theme, and a timeline highlighting milestones in the development of computer vision.

The detailed value chain consists of three segment: hardware, software, and delivery.

Key Highlights

The level of underlying intelligence required for CV in autonomous vehicles (AVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) is significantly higher than that needed to recognize faces or read barcodes. An internal three-dimensional representation of the world, spatial awareness, and planning and reasoning capabilities are needed. Fully autonomous vehicles (Level 5) are not expected until 2035, largely because of these CV challenges. Competition in these fields will intensify in the coming years.

Driven by ethical and political reasons, using CV in facial recognition will increase divergence over standards and regulatory approaches. This will ultimately lead to a supply chain decoupling in the CV segment, as is already underway in semiconductors. Once the regulatory wheels are in motion, it will likely impact the CV market beyond just facial recognition.

CV solutions rely on advanced AI chips due to the exponential increase in data sets’ sizes and algorithms’ complexity. As such, the ongoing US-China trade dispute, which has led to the US prohibiting exports to China of either advanced AI chips or the advanced tools to manufacture them, will disrupt the competitive landscape of the CV industry. As with AI chips and other advanced semiconductors, China will lose its CV market dominance unless it can secure access to advanced chip manufacturing technology.

Reasons to Buy

Computer vision is being commercialized across several areas, including automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, and entertainment. This report provides a clear and concise analysis of computer vision, including valuable insights into how it works, what it is being used for, and which companies are at the forefront of its development. It also evaluates the controversial nature of technology like facial recognition and looks at how regulators could limit its use.

AAC Technologies Holdings Inc
Aardvark Tactical Inc
ABB Information Systems Ltd.
ABBYY Development Inc
Acer Inc
Advantech Co Ltd
AEye Inc
AI.Reverie Inc
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
Alkira Inc
Alphabet Inc
Alphabet Inc
Amazon Web Services Inc
Amazon Web Services Inc
Amazon Web Services Inc
Ambarella Inc
AMD Technologies
ams-OSRAM International GmbH
ANYbotics AG
Apple Inc
Aptiv Plc
Arista Networks Inc
Ascon Co Ltd
Aurora Innovation Inc
Autodesk Inc
BAE Systems Inc
Baidu Inc
Basler AG
BigML Inc
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Robert Bosch GmbH
Brain Corp
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd
Cambricon Technologies Corp Ltd
Canon Inc
Casio Computer Co Ltd
Cato Networks Ltd
Cerebras Systems
Chooch Intelligence Technologies Co
Cisco Systems Inc
Clarifai Inc
Cobalt Iron Inc
Cognex Corp
CognitiveScale Inc
Coherix Inc
Commnet Wireless LLC
CommVault Systems Inc
Continental AG
Dahua Technology Co Ltd
Dassault Systemes SE
DataDirect Networks Inc
Deepomatic SAS
Dell Technologies Inc
Denso Corp
SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
Esaote SpA
Extreme Networks Inc
Facewatch Limited
Festo AG & Co KG
Fetch Robotics Inc.
Finisar Corp
FlexEnable Limited
Flexpoint Partners
Fortinet Inc
Fujifilm Holdings Corp
Fujitsu Ltd
General Electric Co
GE Healthcare
Global Laser
GM Cruise LLC
GoerTek Inc
Graphcore Ltd
Groq Inc
Gstarsoft Inc
Rethink Robotics Inc
Hawk-Eye Innovations Limited
Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd
Hitachi Ltd
Shenzhen Hive Box Technology Co Ltd
Hologic Inc
Nanjing Horizon Robotics Technology Co Ltd
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
Hypatos GmbH
Hyundai Motor Co
International Business Machines Corp
indie Semiconductor
Infineon Technologies AG
Infiot Inc
Innoviz Technology Ltd
Inspur Electronic Information Industry Co Ltd
Intel Corp
Intel Corp
IntelliVision Technologies Corp
iProov Ltd
Juniper Networks Inc
Kaminario Inc
Keyence Corp
Keyence Corp
The Khronos Group Inc
Kofax Limited
Lenovo Group Ltd
Lockheed Martin Corp
Lumentum Holdings Inc
Luminar Technologies Inc
Magna International Inc
Megvii Technology (Hk) Ltd
Megvii Technology (Hk) Ltd
Merative LP
Meta Platforms Inc
Microsoft Corp
Microsoft Corp
Midea Group
Motional Inc
Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd
Nauto Inc
NEC Corp
NetApp Inc
Nikon Corp
Nippon Ceramic Co.
Nokia Corp
Northrop Grumman Corp
Nutanix Inc
NXP Semiconductors NV
OEM Automatic Ltd
Omron Corp
Omron Corp
Onshape Inc
OpteamX Ltd
Oracle Corp
Oxide Computer Company
Palo Alto Networks Inc
Panasonic Holdings Corp
Pavilion Data Systems Inc.
Pensando System
PerceptiLabs AB
Koninklijke Philips NV Inc
PropheSee Solutions Pvt Ltd
Pure Storage Inc
Qualcomm Inc
Quanergy Systems Inc
RDF Group Plc
Renesas Electronics Corp
Mercurio Platform
Ricoh Co Ltd
Rockport Networks Inc.
Rockwell Automation Inc
Rockwell Automation Inc
Rossum Oy
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Sensetime International Pte. Ltd.
Shimadzu Corp
Siasun Robot & Automation Co Ltd
Siemens AG
Siemens AG
SiLC Technologies
Skydio Inc
Snap Inc
Solid Modeling Solutions
Sony Group Corp
SparkCognition Inc
Stateless Network
Stemmer Imaging AG
STMicroelectronics NV
StorONE Inc
SugonSugon Information Industry Co.
Super Micro Computer Inc
Visual Conception Ltd
TDK Corp
TE Connectivity Ltd
Teledyne Technologies Inc
Tencent Holdings Ltd
Teradyne Inc
Tesla Inc
Texas Instruments Inc
Thales SA
Thales SA
Top Systems Sdn Bhd
Toshiba Corp
Trax Technology Solutions Pte Ltd
Tung Thih Electronic Co. Ltd.
TuSimple Holdings Inc
Valossa Labs Limited
Velodyne LiDAR Inc
Veoneer Inc
Bureau Veritas SA
Violin Systems LLC
ViSenze Pte Ltd.
VistaLink NV
Visteon Corp
VMware Inc
Voyant Photonics Inc
The Walt Disney Co
Warner Bros. Discovery Inc
The Khronos Group Inc
Western Digital Corp
World Wide Web Consortium
Zeetta Networks Limited
Zegami Ltd
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
ZWSOFT Guangzhou Co Ltd

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Technology Briefing

What is computer vision?

Four key CV technologies

• Image recognition

• Video recognition

• Object detection

• Positioning and navigation

CV and ethics

• Inaccuracy

• Privacy

• Time limits

• Lack of technical standards

• Ubiquity


Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Industry Analysis

Market size and growth forecasts

Competitive analysis

• US leaders in CV

• Chinese leaders in CV

Use cases

• Automotive

• Healthcare

• Advertising

• Banking and finance

• Utilities

Mergers and acquisitions

Patent trends

Company filings trends

Hiring trends


Value Chain


• Semiconductors

• Cameras

• Sensors and lasers

• Servers

• Storage

• Networking equipment

• Edge equipment


• Foundation layer

• Application layer



Public companies

Private companies

Sector Scorecards

Application software sector scorecard

• Who’s who

• Thematic screen

• Valuation screen

• Risk screen

Semiconductor sector scorecard

• Who’s who

• Thematic screen

• Valuation screen

• Risk screen

Consumer electronics sector scorecard

• Who’s who

• Thematic screen

• Valuation screen

• Risk screen


Further Reading

GlobalData reports

Our Thematic Research Methodology

About GlobalData

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