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The Future of Mobile Robots

The Future of Mobile Robots

The 􂀀 key mobile robotic applications of the future—logistics and distribution, defense, personal and household, oceanic exploration, and autonomous cars—will generate 􂀀 million units by 2020.

Implementing the use of mobile robots across different industries will drive value through effective return and payback on investments. Firms of the future will be more operationally efficient, scaling down costs by 60% as the number of laborers replaced by a machine will range from 2 to 10.

With the convergence of Big Data and advanced manufacturing systems, intelligent autonomous machines will play a major role in the fourth industrial revolution, leading to the genesis of smart factories that are fully automated and initiating a fundamental shift in operating procedures that transforms the way manufacturing firms of the future operate.

With the global aging population expected to multiply by 2030, the market for personal robots is likely to explode as approximately 􂀀% of households in the United States and Japan will own robots for elderly care, personal assistance, and companionship.

Autonomous cars will transform the automotive industry. With a 􂀀% decrease in accidents, 􂀀% increase in car utilization, and 80% decrease in cost per trip mile expected, driverless cars will generate an expected annual cost savings of approximately $􂀀 billion in the United States alone.

About this report

Technological innovations such as delivery drones, autonomous driverless cars, and smart factories that have robotic co-workers are already having a profound effect on the way industries function. Widespread adoption of advanced mobile technologies and new platforms and systems are expected. Although it is difficult to predict exactly what advances will occur, the failure to embrace new technologies may put firms behind their industry competitors. This research service will highlight new opportunities for mobile robots and automation across important applications as they start to gain commercial momentum. It will explore industry trends and highlight the potential benefits of incorporating such technologies.


  • Executive Summary
    • Executive Summary-Key Findings of the Study
    • Mega Trends Driving Adoption of Mobile Robots to 2030
    • Mobile Robot Revolution Enabling Industry 4.0
    • Mobile Robots Definition and Scope
    • Scope of Research Service by Type of Mobile Robot
    • Mobile Robot Types and Applications
    • Mobile Robot Technology Roadmap
    • Mobile Robot Timeline by Major Application
    • Mobile Robots by Major Applications
      • Table Major Mobile Robotic Applications by Sales Penetration, Global, 2012-2020
    • Traditional Robotics vs. Cloud Robotics
    • Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) and Mobile Robots
    • Executive Summary-Strategic Recommendations
  • Research Scope, Aims, and Objectives of the Study
    • Research Scope
    • Research Aims and Objectives
    • Key Questions the Study will Answer
    • Research Background
    • Research Methodology-From Macro to Micro
    • Research Methodology
  • Definitions Used in the Study
    • Definitions
  • Definition, Types, and Industry Value Chain of Mobile Robots
    • Mobile Robots Definition and Scope
    • Working/Functioning of Mobile Robots
    • Mobile Robot Technology Roadmap
    • Industry Value Chain
    • Major Mobile Robot Solution Providers
    • Scope of Research Service by Type of Mobile Robot
      • UGVs
      • Humanoid/Legged Robots
      • UAVs
      • UMVs
    • Mobile Robot Types and Applications
  • Mobile Robots by Application-Logistics and Distribution
    • Logistics, Warehouse, and Distribution
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis of AGVs
    • Level of Adoption-Inbound Logistics and Distribution
    • Seegrid
  • Mobile Robots by Application-Defense and Security
    • Unmanned Defense Systems Overview
    • UAVs
    • Technology Readiness Levels
    • Cost Benefit Analysis of UAVs
    • US Department of Defense
    • Current State of UASs
      • Table Planned UAS Funding, US, 2014-2019
      • Table Planned UAS Procurement and RDT&E Funding, US, 2014-2019
    • Future of UASs
    • Other Emerging Defense Mechanisms-Unmanned Naval Vessels
    • Future of Drones to 2025
  • Mobile Robots by Application-Automotive (Driverless Cars)
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Purpose and Functional Requirements of Fully Automated Vehicles
    • Classification and Definition of Automated Driving
    • NHTSA Automated Driving Definitions
    • Macro-level Outlook of Automated Driving-Driver Involvement
    • Economic Benefits of Implementing Autonomous Car Technology
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis-Insurance Premiums
    • Autonomous Car Adoption Level
    • Market Size Analysis
    • OEM Comparative Analysis-Overall Automated Driving Strategy
    • Value Proposition of Automated Cars
    • Automated Driving Business Models
    • Off-highway Applications for Autonomous Driving Vehicles
    • Defense Applications for Autonomous Driving Vehicles
    • Google Car Sensors and Technologies
  • Mobile Robots by Application-Oceanic Exploration
    • New Avenues for Resources-Deep Sea Mining
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis of UUVs
    • Level of Adoption of AUVs
    • Bluefin
  • Mobile Robots by Application-Household (Personal Robots)
    • Mobile Robots-Personal Applications
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Personal Robots
    • Level of Adoption of Personal Robots
    • Adoption Rate of Personal Assistants
    • Personal Assistant Market-Current Business Climate
    • Personal Assistant Focus Areas
    • Personal Robots-Challenges and Major Solution Providers
    • GeckoSystems
  • Market Attractiveness in Units
    • Mobile Robots by Major Applications
      • Table Major Mobile Robotic Applications by Sales Penetration, Global, 2012-2020
  • Mobile Robotics Implications to Our Future-Key Trends
    • Mega Trends Driving Adoption of Mobile Robots to 2030
    • Mobile Robot Revolution Enabling Industry 4.0
    • Mobile Robots in Industry 4.0 Create Need for Cloud Robotics
    • Traditional Robotics vs. Cloud Robotics
    • HRC and Mobile Robots
    • Future of HRC and Mobile Robots
    • Autonomous Cognitive Systems
  • Conclusions and Strategic Recommendations
    • Conclusions and Recommendations-Most Attractive Applications
    • Key Challenges
    • Strategic Recommendations
  • Appendix
    • Robot Applications
    • Immobile vs. Mobile Robots
    • Future of Drones to 2025

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