Mobility has capability to be the upcoming vanguard in flexible robotics. Increasing implementation of mobile robots by consumers in medical, defense, and agricultural sectors to harness their flexibility has driven the mobile robotics market. Mobile robots provide a standard platform to execute recurring work proficiently, thus enabling laborers to concentrate on high-value added tasks that can help in growing total operational effectiveness. Commercialization of the concept of automatic cars due to advancement in technology of robotics is projected to positively influence the mobile robotics market over the forecast period. Improvement in the sector of mobile robotics has infused the ability of enchanting wayside bombs in mobile robots that can help to counter the danger of increasing terrorist activities. Grants and funds received from the governments of different countries such as the Canada, U.S, and Germany is anticipated to boost the mobile robotics market. Research and development has discovered to deploy mobile robots into Ebola affected regions such as Africa in association with the (OSTP) White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to take some actions such as burial of bodies and waste removal. The mobile robotics market is a comparatively unexploited market within developing countries of Latin America and Asia Pacific so it is expected to witness growth over the upcoming five years.
The mobile robotics market is classified within four different fragments on the basis of products into Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (“AUVs”), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (“USVs”), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (“’UGVs”), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”). Unmanned ground vehicles are anticipated to dominate the segment over the upcoming period owing to the increasing applications in defense and military fields. Unmanned surface vehicle market is driven by cost effective wireless data systems and global positioning systems (GPS) that are expected to carry on over the upcoming five years. Unmanned aerial vehicle are anticipated to show stable development during the upcoming years due to rising demands in defense, military, mapping & surveying, photography, security, survey & wildlife research applications.
Mobile robots are utilized into service and industrial applications. Typically, service applications can be classified into two different categories, personal and professional applications. Personal applications include cleaning, maintenance and entertainment which all are the domestic tasks. Professional applications include agriculture, logistics, medical, mining, military & defense, mining, medical, and forest harvesting. The industrial applications comprise of depainting & painting, dispensing & coating and distribution and warehousing. The demand for household robots such as vacuum cleaners and lawn movers utilized within personal service applications has been driven by reducing cost of cameras and sensors and the ease of use of open source software development platforms.
Asia Pacific has dominated the mobile robotics market in year 2013 and it is anticipated to show higher growth over the upcoming five years due to huge demand for Unmanned Aerial vehicles in Japan, Australia, India, South Korea and China. Increasing utilization in fields of medical, industrial and agricultural applications is anticipated to propel the domestic mobile robotics market. Domestic robots for cleaning and maintenance are usually utilized in countries such as Japan, U.S, France, and Germany. U.S. is projected to dominate research and development investing on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology over the forecast period.
Major players in the mobile robotics market are paying attention on developing robots capable of performing and sustaining into challenging environment. The technologically developed self navigating Autonomous Indoor Vehicle known as ‘Lynx’ is capable of dynamically moving the material in challenging environments such as densely populated indoor settings and restricted passageways. The mobile robotics industry is working on development of mobile-based applications for handling unmanned vehicles. iRobot Corp. created an android-based app called uPoint Multi-Robot Control (MRC) system, to standardize the controlling of unmanned vehicles and make operations easy such as inspection, driving and manipulation allowing operators to focus on the mission. John Deere, which has specialization in producing agricultural solutions, launched the 8000-series forage harvesters that simplifies and automates crop harvesting process. There have been considerable mergers and acquisitions in the mobile robotics industries such as Adept Technology’s acquisition of Mobile Robotics Inc. Google Inc. acquired DeepMind and KUKA’s acquisition of Swisslog, London-based artificial intelligence company.
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