This blog highlights key worldwide robotics technology predictions that will impact the enterprise in the next three to five years.
The advancement of robotics technology has entered into a new era of robotics with embedded and/or cloud-based artificial intelligence. In this new era of Robotics 3.0, intelligent robots are characterized by their ubiquitous sensing and connectivity, cyber-physical fusion, autonomous capabilities (such as cognition, decision making, and learning and adaptation), and more human-friendly multi-mode interaction. This development will have a profound impact on industrial robots and service robots (both commercial and consumer). Leading robotics technology vendors are already racing to develop and incorporate artificial intelligence capabilities into their product road map in order to stay ahead of the competition
To better prepare and support the technology buyer community for the upcoming era of artificial intelligence-enabled robotics (which IDC defined as Robotics 3.0), IDC robotics analysts worldwide, in collaboration with IDC AI and analytics analysts, worked closely on the development of the top 10 robotics predictions, bringing together the collective knowledge of their regions, industrial verticals,and data points of how technology is being deployed across all industries as well as consumers.
Top 10 Worldwide Robotics Predictions
The top 10 predictions are summarized as follows:
- Prediction 1: By 2019, robot adoption will have increased by one-third, with 60% of G2000 high-tech manufacturers having deployed industrial robots in manufacturing operations.
- Prediction 2: By 2020, 45% of newly installed industrial robots will be equipped with at least one of the intelligent features such as predictive analytics, health condition awareness, selfdiagnosis, peer learning, or autonomous cognition.
- Prediction 3: By 2021, the emergence of intelligent robotic agents that supervise and coordinate robots will have boosted the overall efficiency of industrial robots by 30%.
- Prediction 4: By 2021, 30% of G2000 manufacturers will have deployed cyber-physical robotic systems, resulting in a 10-20% improvement in productivity.
- Prediction 5: By 2020, the worldwide market for mobile security robots will have grown by nearly 300%, augmenting human security, with 30% of mobile security robots being equipped with onboard drones to deploy as necessary.
- Prediction 6: By 2019, 25% of mobile robotic deployments will include the ability to add on modular components enabling multiple uses on the same mobile platform, thus delivering up to 30% productivity and efficiency gains.
- Prediction 7: By 2020, 30% of the top 100 retailers will be using or piloting robots within the ship-from-store fulfillment process, helping reduce the cost of ship-from-store orders by up to 20%.
- Prediction 8: By 2021, 45% of mobile robotic deployments will be by way of robot as a service, providing facilities with the ability to rapidly scale up and down during periods of demand volatility and enabling robotic deployments to shift from capex to opex.
- Prediction 9: By 2020, spending on drone hardware, software, and services in resource industries where drones are deployed to help map and plan infrastructure for oil, gas, and coal extraction areas and to survey and monitor thousands of acres of crops will top $1 billion.
- Prediction 10: By 2021, the consumer robot market will have doubled and next-generation AI based robots focused less on physical tasks and more on teaching and interacting with family members will have begun to enter homes, thus improving quality of life.
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You can find full context around these predictions in the newly published document, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Predictions (Document#US42379618) on idc.com.