Where Are Autonomous Robots Used? – The Market for Autonomous Robotics
Believe it or not, there are different types of autonomous robots in the world. But they mainly break down into two categories: indoor and outdoor. Watch the video below as Tom explains the difference between the two worlds of indoor robots and outdoor robots. You’ll also learn more details about the market for autonomous robotics.
It may not be as hard as you think to find the right autonomous mobile robot for your needs. But knowing the right applications and parameters that you need your autonomous robot to perform can make all the difference.
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The market for autonomous mobile robotics is very broad, and I think the easiest way to sort of break it down into different types of applications is making the initial separation of indoor robots versus outdoor robots.
Indoor robots have actually been around for a long time, and some of them have been navigating somewhat autonomously by using physical infrastructure. Whether it’s beacons or tapes on the floor or things like that that I see tell the robot where to go. That’s not exactly autonomous, it’s more automated. But that’s one part of the market.
The other part of the market is outdoor, and that’s a completely different challenge than indoors because it’s a heterogeneous environment. It’s unstructured and involves different types of terrains and surfaces, and it’s largely uncontrolled. So those are really the two big market segments that help people sort of break down the market.
Now, within the outdoor market, there’s a lot of different applications, but I would put them in really five different categories, that when most analysts look at the market, they break it down into commercial agriculture and groundskeeping, inspection and serving, mining, construction, and military. And again, military is sort of a broad term that can cover both federal government and military applications. But those are really sort of the five big buckets people look at the market as right now.
You can play in any of those, but again, you’re kind of, you want a part of the market where people are looking for a business value and a business proposition for that autonomy to give them in their particular market and their particular application.