Globally, the mobile robotics market valued at USD 4.43 billion in 2014 and is presumed to reach USD 10.60 billion by 2020. Rapid industrialization and growing need for automation to improve the efficiency in the production and to augment the quality process; mobile robotics is significantly evolving its market globally. Mobile robots represent powerful robots which act on a variety of operations according to their programmed configurations.
Advancement in mobile robotics technology is significantly evolving in different functional areas as defense, warehousing, medical& healthcare, and logistics. It aids the humans in managing a specific set of task to overcome the human restraining and efficient in saving the cost of production.
Optimized use of the resource in terms of labor cost, aging workforce and growing demand for productivity are presumed to impel the demand for the market growth. Furthermore, high initial investment and time consumption in particular set of functional areas such as manufacturing, marketing, and Research & Development are expected to be constraints for the market growth.
On the basis of products, the mobile robotic market is segmented into Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles(AUV). UGV is presumed to be the leading the segment over the projected year attributed to rising demand in the implementation in areas of military and defense agencies. UAVs are presumed to witness a substantial increase throughout the projected period associated with significant increase in the areas of photography, defense, wildlife research and survey, military, surveying and mapping, and security applications.
The USVs has been impelled by cost-efficient wireless data system and global positioning system, which supposed to continue over the next few years.
By end-use, the mobile robotic market is bifurcated into service and industrial segment. The traditional industrial application covers warehousing &distribution, coating & dispensing and painting and de-painting. Service segments comprised of personal and professional end-use. Personal end-use comprised of domestic purposes such as maintenance, cleaning, and entertainment. Professional end-use covers logistics, agricultural, forest harvesting, medical, mining, and military & defense.
Reduced price of cameras and sensors and feasible and accessibility of open source software development platforms are propelling factors for the increased demand for domestic robots for personal end-use such as vacuum cleaners and lawn movers. Combining the mobile robots with mobile technologies and smart appliances is presumed to enhance the profitability of personal service mobile robots.
With the increase in number of terror attacks in different regions of Asia Pacific region, there has been increase in demand of military agencies to keep stringent surveillance system over such activities thus contributing factor of Asia-Pacific region such as India, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia for their dominance in the market and continue to increase growth over the projected years. Domestic robots are extensively used in countries of the US, Japan, Germany, and France for the cleaning and maintenance purpose. The U.S is expected to lead the R&D investment on UAV technology over the next ten years.
The major players of mobile robotics players include Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.), iRobot Corporation (U.S), Google Inc(US), GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (U.S.), Bluefin Robotics Corporation (U.S.), ECA Group (France), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan)., Adept Technology, Inc. (U.S.), KUKA AG (Germany), Amazon.com Inc (U.S).
Mobile Robotics Product Outlook (Revenue, 2012 – 2020)
• Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
• Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)
• Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
Mobile Robotics Application Outlook (Revenue, 2012 – 2020)
Mobile Robotics Regional Outlook (Revenue, 2012 – 2020)
• North America
• Asia Pacific
Research Support Specialist, USA