A report from the South China Morning Post, an organisation now owned by retail giant Alibaba, said that the use of CV in the security and surveillance sector had now plateaued.
Thus there was a need to a find a new domestic alternative and the next CV growth engine, the 134-page report, which is named Computer Vision Report and is part of SCMP Research’s China AI Deep-Dive Series, said.
Among the key findings of the report are the opportunities in the market may lie in:
Healthcare: Regulatory change has widened the market for medical imaging.
Autonomous vehicles: While fully self-driving cars have yet to be achieved, some players have managed to profit on existing technologies.
Finance: The insurance sector is emerging as a major user of object recognition technology.
Retail and marketing: CV is in great demand amid stalling sales growth and declining productivity. Major use cases include cashier-free shopping and store traffic analysis.
The report found that inspite of the previous high growth of its CV market, China was yet to take the lead, currently lagging behind the US in key areas, including hardware, talent and patents.
"Contrary to some people’s belief, privacy concerns over facial recognition are growing in China," the report said.
"Besides, China’s CV industry still needs to work on reducing its reliance on underlying algorithms from the US, convincing its best and brightest to develop their ideas at home, and overcoming its dependence on manually-labeled data."
SCMP’s technology editor John Artman said: "Having survived the US-China technological rivalry in 2019, Computer Vision unicorns in China face major challenges with an increasingly saturated market for surveillance applications.
“Searching for the next growth engine after security is a top priority for major CV companies in China and how they adapt will determine the evolution of the AI sector.”