Autonomous systems Overview

Goals

Gather information and data on the industry outlook for robots and autonomous systems, as well as gather an understanding of the work currently being done in industries with autonomous systems. The information will be used as material for the creation of a white paper.

Early Findings

Industry evolution and outlook for "autonomous systems"

  • The market outlook for robotics is due to grow to $82.5B by 2025, or 16.4% CAGR. Adoption of autonomous systems or robotics is driven by lower costs, better functionalities, and cultural acceptance.
  • Autonomous systems in the military have evolved from operating an electric three-wheel cart system in the 20s, to remote controlled decoy battleships and drones in the 30s, free-swimming submersibles in the 70s and robot-shepherds in the 90s.
  • In the industry of transports, it has evolved from airplane autopilot in the 40s to driverless shuttle vehicles in 2011.
  • In the health industry, the first surgical robot was created in 1985, and in 2007 is invented the firsthand prosthesis with five individually-powered digits.

Work currently being done in industries with "autonomous systems"

  • ABB in Germany uses autonomous systems (AS) in their Heidelberg factory to produce circuit breakers.
  • The use of this technology allowed them to increase efficiencies and produce three times as many product variants as previously.
  • Work is being done in the maritime sector to use autonomous systems to remotely pilot passenger ferries.
  • In the Oil & Gas sector, autonomous sectors can contribute in increasing safety by reducing the number of people on site, through the implementation or remote operation of equipment.
  • Another industry application example is in mining, where the objective is to completely automate mining operations, and therefore eliminate the need to send people undergound.


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