Autonomous mobile robots also referred to as AMRs, are robots that can perform tasks with great efficiency and without any support. There are various autonomous mobile robots such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Automation of any difficult process saves time and energy of manual labor, which could be utilized in other tasks.
High manufacturing and implementation costs are major challenges currently that may result in low adoption rate of autonomous mobile robots and hamper profits of the manufacturers to a certain extent. Integration of advanced technology and improved quality of components in autonomous mobile robots such as camera with high resolution, updated software, global positioning system (GPS), and light-weight metals used for making the body structure adds to the end product price. These robots are sophisticated because of the applications they are used in and the environment they are operated in.
Mainly two types of autonomous mobile robots are available in the market currently, AMRs with SLAM, and AMRs without SLAM. SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) algorithm implemented on autonomous mobile robots allows a mobile robot to learn the environment, while electromyographic signals govern its navigation. AMRs with SLAM are most preferred as compared to AMRs without SLAM.
These autonomous mobile robots are being implemented in various applications in industry verticals such as hospitals and healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics and warehouse. Adoption of these robots is increasing mostly for integrating into manufacturing units, warehouses, and logistics department, owing to increasing need for safety of labors and less time-consuming option. In hospitals and healthcare industry, these robots help in transporting lab specimens, hospital supplies, materials, medications, clinical supplies, etc., enabling hospital staff and professionals to focus on critical tasks related to patients. Moreover, autonomous mobile robots act as a substitute for the healthcare professionals and staff as it can function 24*7 and perform tasks when the staff is not present in the night.
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Demand for autonomous mobile robots will incline constantly in the years to come owing to vast and well-developed infrastructure in many industry verticals and need for systematic and fast processes, and need to reduce dependency on labors.
Adoption of these robots will increase in regions such as Asia Pacific due to increasing number of companies and rising inclination towards technologically advanced processes in industries. Moreover, increasing number of footfalls in hospitals and rising need to attend patients’ critical needs. Adoption of these robots will be comparatively low in regions such as Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
The autonomous mobile robots market worldwide is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 15.8% over the next 10 years and will value at approximately US$ 899.4 Mn in 2028, from around US$ 207 Mn in 2018.
Some of the major players operating in the global autonomous mobile robots market include Swisslog (KUKA), Omron Adept, Clearpath Robotics, Vecna, Mobile Industrial Robots, SMP Robotics, Cimcorp Automation, Aethon, Locus Robotics, Fetch Robotics, Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz, and Aviation Industry Corporation of China.