3D mapping and 3D modeling solutions are used across various end-user industries such as video entertainment industry, construction industry, healthcare industry, automobile industry, and transportation industry. 3D Mapping market can be broadly classified based on their applications as 3D projection mapping, mapping and navigation, and other applications such as video gaming, automobiles and healthcare. In recent years, the global 3D mapping and 3D modeling market has experienced a surge in demand owing to increase in demand for 3D maps and 3D models. The shift from 2D mapping and modeling to advanced 3D maps and models has aided the growth of global 3D mapping and modeling market. The technological innovations and developments in the 3D mapping and modeling tools and devices such as the 3D sensors, 3D scanners and the geographical positioning systems are currently driving the market. Integration of 3D mapping and modeling technology with electronic devices such as smart phones, personal navigation devices (PNDs) and game consoles has necessitated companies such as Google Maps and Here Maps to develop new solutions and update features to increase their customer base. However, format issues related to 3D modeling such as STL file format, that results in confusion about the size of the object is one of the factors inhibiting the market growth.
The global 3D mapping and modeling market is primarily driven by increasing demand for 3D mapping and modeling solutions in various industry verticals such as retail, advertising, defense and public safety. 3D maps are used for creating topographies of combat areas used for defense and public safety. Similarly, 3D projection mapping is used in the advertising and retail industry for promotional activities and marketing of brands. Additionally, mapping and navigation technology makes use of 3D maps extensively. Mapping and navigation systems that utilize 3D Mapping technology are used in automobiles and electronic devices such as laptops, smart phones, notebooks and tablets for navigation applications. The global 3D mapping and modeling market was valued at USD 2,916.8 million in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period.
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