The Global Service Robotics Market is a strategy report from
Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on this market
covering floor cleaning robots, robot lawn mowers, milking
robots, humanoid robots, telepresence robots, powered human
exoskeletons, surgical robots, AGVs, AMRs and UAVs.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you
with 240 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year
industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base
your business decisions.
Highlights from this report:
Insights from numerous executive interviews with market leading
New data on the 10 most important service robotics segments.
Comprehensive overview of the service robotics value chain and
In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
Updated profiles of 89 major vendors and their service robotics
Detailed view on the involvement of IT and technology companies in
Market forecasts by region for each robot category lasting until 2026.
This report answers the following questions:
What is the current status of the service robotics industry?
Which are the main actors targeting each of the 10 most
important robot segments?
How will technology developments affect the service robotics
Which are the main drivers and barriers on this market?
Which government and industry robotics initiatives influence
the future of service robotics?
How are IT and tech companies positioning themselves in the
service robotics value chain?
What connectivity technologies are used today in the different
How will the market evolve in Europe, North America, Latin
America, Asia-Pacific and MEA?
Robots are now being increasingly adopted for service applications, both by consumers and
professionals. The service robot market comprises many different types of robots, most of
which can be used for applications in multiple industries. At a consumer level service robots
are commonly used for tedious and repetitive tasks such as domestic chores, or for leisure
and entertainment purposes. At a professional level, service robotics often represents an
investment that has potential to significantly increase efficiency and reduce costs by replacing
traditional methods. Industries that will experience changing dynamics due to the entrance of
service robots include agriculture, construction, medical, logistics, hospitality, entertainment
and domestic consumer goods.
Ten major segments of the service robot market are believed to hold great market potential
looking at the next ten years. These include floor cleaning robots, robot lawn mowers, milking
robots, telepresence robots, surgical robots, automated guided vehicles, autonomous mobile
robots, unmanned aerial vehicles as well as humanoid, assistant and social companion
robots. The installed base of service robots in these segments reached 29.6 million worldwide
at the end of 2016. The largest segment in terms of installed base is the floor cleaning robot
segment, which alone accounted for 80 percent of the total at the end of 2016 with an
estimated global installed base of 23.8 million units. The other two large segments include the
UAV segment as well as the robot lawn mower segment, which are estimated to have had
around 4.0 and 1.6 million units installed respectively at the end of 2016. Moreover, 0.1
million AGVs and 0.05 million milking robots are estimated to have been active worldwide at
the end of 2016. The remaining segments including humanoid robots, assistant robots and
companion robots, telepresence robots, powered human exoskeletons, surgical robots and
autonomous mobile robots are all estimated to have had less than 50,000 units installed each
at the end of 2016. The strong market growth is expected to last for years to come, driving the
number of active service robots worldwide to 264.3 million by 2026, which corresponds to
CAGR of 24 percent between 2016 and 2026.
Short range connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most commonly
used connectivity choices in service robots today. Berg Insight estimates that 18.5 percent of
all service robots at the end of 2016 featured some short range connectivity technology.
Additionally, Berg Insight estimates that there were 63,000 cellular connected service robots
active at the end of 2016, which only represents 0.2 percent of the global installed base.
Cellular connectivity technology is today most commonly used by telepresence robots as well
as by exoskeletons. It is estimated that 30.1 percent of all telepresence robots that were
active at the end of 2016 featured cellular connectivity. This figure is estimated to be 15.0
percent for exoskeletons. Additional segments that featured cellular connectivity to some
extent include the humanoid, assistant and social companion robot segment and the robot
lawn mower segment. Berg Insight forecasts that 88.3 percent of all service robots active in
2026 will feature some kind of short-range connectivity. The corresponding percentage for
cellular connectivity is forecasted to be 13.9 percent equal to 36.8 million units.
In recent years, many government and industry research funding programs have been
initiated. Examples of such programs include the National Robotics Initiative in the US, the
SPARC program in the EU, the Robot Revolution Initiative in Japan, the Made in China 2025
program and the Industrie 4.0 program in Germany. Most of these programs are aimed at the
larger field of robotics and automation. However, as many robotics technology concepts are
used by both industrial and service robots, these programs will undoubtedly have a
significant effect on the development of the service robot industry as well. Another driver on
the market is the increasing inflow of venture capital on the market that amounted to US$ 5.3
billion during H1-2017. The robotics industry is also experiencing increasing M&A activity. A
total of US$ 18.8 billion was spent on robotics related M&As in H1-2017. There are four
categories of actors engaged in the service robotics industry: industrial robot manufacturers,
large technology firms, consumer goods manufacturers and startup companies. Major
companies such as Amazon, Intel, Google and IBM that have invested heavily into service
robotics during the past decade are important for the future robotics development. However,
the number of companies that can be regarded as startups in the service robotics industry is
growing rapidly and their role in the industry is just as important as the large actors.