Infotainment Head Unit Systems Report

Infotainment Head Unit Systems Report

Publication Date: 17-Aug-2020

The connected car as a concept is changing the automotive market. The infotainment system is at the heart of future mobility, providing a link between the car, the driver, and the driver’s connected life. Where the engine and styling were king, in the future, the infotainment system and the services it supports will reign supreme.

The IHS Markit Connected Car Service provides insight, context, data, and analytics for rapidly growing and evolving automotive connectivity both from a hardware and software perspective. Users can quickly access key insights from market developments, put context around events and technological trends, dive into deep data and forecasts, and seamlessly drive analytics to support their most challenging decisions.

About this report

This report provides an overview of the current landscape of infotainment head unit systems for cars as well as an in-depth demand outlook for the systems, main players, and market drivers at global and regional levels. The infotainment head unit is the command center of a vehicle’s entertainment functions including radio tuner, media connectivity, audio playback, navigation, as well as the human-machine interface element (center stack display).

IHS Markit uses three categories to segment infotainment head unit technology as explained below:

  • Audio –These are the most common types of infotainment head units that only feature audio playback capabilities. An audio head unit does not include a TFT LCD color display.
  • Navigation–A head unit that features on-board navigation functionality, including an embedded GPS receiver and an embedded navigation engine.
  • Display audio–A head unit that features a central TFT LCD color display and does not fall under navigation.

This report focuses on audio, display audio, and navigation hardware forecast and opportunities. The services and applications used with these systems will be mentioned but are not the main focus for this report.

This report is available to Connected Car Service subscribers


Research scope & definitions    

Research methodology                

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Market analysis

Global head unit demand            

Regional head unit demand       

Market drivers


Technology outlook

Technology overview    

Projection capability      

Mechless vs. Non-mechless       


Supplier/OEM analysis

Supplier-OEM relationship overview      

OEM infotainment evolution     


Tier-1 supplier profiles

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