Mobile robots are mobile in nature. They are used in industrial activities for logistics and warehousing distribution, painting and de-painting, assembly, coating and dispensing and inspection applications. In addition, they are used in service segments including defense, medical and healthcare, field applications and for domestic and entertainment applications.
The mobile robotics market is driven by various factors comprising integration of robotics with mobile technologies, other smart products, and appliances, Moreover, increasing grants and funds by governments, and decreasing price of sensors and cameras and availability of open source platforms are also key factors propelling the market growth. The global mobile robotics market was valued at USD 6,249.6 million in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. However, longer time to market and lack of experts in R&D of mobile robotics market are some of the factors inhibiting the growth of this market.
UGVs including AGVs segment is the largest segment contributor followed by AUVs segment, of the global market share in 2012. Increasing demand of AGVs in warehousing and distribution applications and growing demand of UAVs in defense applications are key factors driving the growth of mobile robots during the forecast period.
In terms of application segment, domestic application segment is the most attractive segment of the global market share in 2012. However, defense and military segment was the largest segment followed by logistics and warehousing segment of the global market share in 2012. Increasing usage of mobile robots such as lawn movers and vacuum cleaners for domestic applications is contributing to growth of this market. With decreasing cost of sensors and cameras, this is further expected to fuel the market ahead. In addition, the U.S government passed the law, allowing the usage of UAVs for civil purposes by 2015, thus expected to continue contributing to the market growth over forecast period.
Asia Pacific is the largest market for mobile robotics market and held 34.2% share in 2012. Growth in Asia pacific is mainly attributed to increasing demand of drones for defense applications, and AGVs in industrial applications. Growth in this region is also driven by increasing usage of vacuum cleaners and lawn movers over the forecast period. In addition, growing demand of mobile robots in field applications are expected to continue driving the market in near future. RoW market is expected to substantial strong growth owing to usage of UAVs and AUVS in defense applications.
The global mobile robotics market is fragmented with many market players including iRobot Corporation, KUKA Robotics, Adept Technology, Barrett Technology, Swisslog, John Deere, Amazon, Seegrid Corp., Gecko Systems Intl. Corp., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Google, Bossa Nova robotics, Aethon, Harvest Automation, Kongsberg Maritime, ECA robotics, Northrop Grumman, Bluefin Robotics, and QinetiQ among others.
Mobility promises to be the next frontier in flexible robotics. Mobile robots assure additional flexibility to end-users in agricultural, medical and surgical, security, defense and ocean and space applications. Mobile robots have found wide applications in industry, military and security environments. Additionally, they are used as consumer products for entertainment and domestic applications. The mobile robotics market is divided into four major segments based on product types: Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) including Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). The market has witnessed a wide adoption of mobile robots in industrial applications for warehousing and distribution, painting and depainting, and coating and dispensing. However, domestic robots for cleaning and maintenance are progressively more ordinary in residences in countries such as the U.S., France, Germany, and Japan. . Decrease in turnaround time with an increase in operational efficiency by re-applying labor from moving goods to higher-value tasks gives mobile robots an additional advantage over conventional robots. With technological advancements, the robotics industry is expected to observe commercialization of automated cars. This would further fuel the demand for mobile robots.
Different applications of mobile robotics include logistics (warehousing and distribution), medical and healthcare, military and defense, field applications such as agricultural, mining, forest harvesting, domestic application such as cleaning and entertaining and others including coating and dispensing, and painting and depainting. Decreasing price of sensors and cameras and availability of open source platforms is propelling the demand for domestic robots, including vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers in personal service application segment.
The robotics industry has witnessed grants and funds from local governments to obtain an edge over others in the competitive environment. Moreover, this industry has observed investment from venture capital (VC) investors in drone-related startups owing to increase in demand for drones. Integration of mobile robots with mobile technologies, other smart products, and appliances is further expected to boost the sales of mobile robots in domestic application segment.
The research report on the mobile robotics market provides a detailed analysis of products including Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and helps in understanding driving forces behind the popularity of mobile robots in the robotics industry. It also provides analysis of application segment of the mobile robotics market for the next six years. The report includes extensive analysis of the industry drivers, restraints, market trends and market structure. The market study provides comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. The report segregates the market based on travelling environment, application, and different geographic regions. The report includes a detailed analysis of the prevalent market situation, company profiles and industry trends for mobile robots used across different application.
The detailed value chain analysis and porter’s five forces analysis helps the market competitors to formulate their business strategies at every stage of their business. Moreover, the market estimates have been analyzed by keeping in mind the several factors which affect the market including but not limited to technological, economical, social, environmental and legal.
The key players of QSR Ecosystem Market have been profiled with a focus on competitive details such as company and financial overview, SWOT analysis, business strategies, and their recent developments. The company profile of major players that have been incorporated in this report include as iRobot Corporation, KUKA Robotics, Adept Technology, Barrett Technology, Swisslog, John Deere, Amazon, Seegrid, Gecko Systems Intl. Corp., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Google, Bossa Nova Robotics, Aethon, Harvest Automation, Kongsberg Maritime, ECA Robotics, Northrop Grumman, Bluefin Robotics and QinetiQ.
The mobile robotics market segmentation:
Mobile Robotics Market, by Travelling Environment
- Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) including Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including drones
- Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)
- Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
Mobile Robotics Market, By Applications
- Logistics and warehousing
- Others include mobile robots used for automotive Industry, assembly, coating and dispensing, panting and depainting and inspection applications
- Defense and military
- Medical and healthcare
- Field applications include mobile robots used in nuclear environments, agricultural purposes, forest harvesting, and mining
Mobile Robotics Market, By Geography
- North America
- Rest of the World (Africa, Middle East and Latin America)