Three Predictions for Mobile Robotics in 2020

by Rian Whitton | 1Q 2020 | IN-5712
For many segments of the robotics market, 2019 was a challenging year. Initial hype in the drone industry has been tempered with increased skepticism, while the major industrial robot vendors posted poor financial results due to the slowdown from the main markets in China and Europe. For mobile robotics, however, 2019 continued the rapid adoption that has been growing since Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva Systems in 2012. There was increased private sector funding in mobile robotics and autonomous cars, while the number of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) deployed outside of traditional logistics and manufacturing locations actually accelerated. Barring significant downturns in the global economy, 2020 is set to be the year where mobile robotics will come to dominant the wider space.

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