Omdia’s Market Forecast on Robotics and Autonomous Machines

Omdia has released their robotics and autonomous machines market forecast.

The global robotics market is moving towards non-industrial robots.  Much of this is driven by advances in machine learning, machine vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and improvements in hardware among other drivers.  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and disrupted the global market and forecasts are that this overall contraction will continue into at least early 2021.  This at the same time as the demand from the pandemic will increase and drive demand for robotics into the future as the economy recovers and expands.

Emerging markets for these non-industrial robots include consumer robots, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous vehicles (AVs), and delivery robots.  The biggest shifts in forecasts appear to be in personal robots and consumer AVs.

  • Growth in the commercial UAV sector is growing
  • Consumer AVs are growing mostly driven by Tesla
  • Commercial AV market is growing, addressing the need for contactless transportation

By 2026, agricultural robots are expected to become the largest robotics category.  This category includes driverless tractors, dairy management, and field and soil management robots.  This appears to be driven by population growth demands.

The consumer AV market is growing as car makers add more capabilities and intelligence to the products to meet Level 2 and 3 autonomy.  This market is expected to be the second largest robotics market.  In addition to Tesla, companies engaged include BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Cadillac, and Audi.

The third largest market is forecasted to be logistics robots driven by demand from e-commerce and warehouse platforms to address handling and parcel delivery needs.  Some companies rapidly engaging in the technology include Amazon, JD.com, Alibaba, and Zalando.

The fourth largest market is expected to be household robots.  High demand in North America, Asia & Oceania, and Europe for robotics vacuums and personal assistants along with household robots such as lawn mowers and pool cleaners.

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