By Dez Duran-Lamanilao
The reliability of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in emergencies has long been demonstrated in their successful missions in combat performances. The demand is expected to rise because of a UGV’s ability to perform complex operations with as minimal human intervention as possible, while still maintaining a higher level of safety. UGVs can carry high-resolution cameras and navigation systems that are of utmost importance particularly in military operations. Thus, companies have started focusing on how to improve their specialization in the field of robotics.
The key findings of the Global Military UGV Market 2016-2026 report reveals that the global UGV market may grow at a CAGR of 4.76% by 2026, with North America dominating the market by more than 50%.
UGVs are a perfect example of how the world is slowly transforming at a pace companies a century ago would never have imagined. Robots have been at the forefront of all things automatic, even in industrial applications. Articulated robots are one of the most common equipment found in manufacturing facilities, because of the promise of flexibility and dexterity.
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Some of the priority areas identified in recent years that the industry further hopes to meet include:
- Increased autonomy on the part of the robots; this will mean increased productivity
- More capability to automatically detect and avoid hurdles along the route; unforeseen obstacles are the main factors that impede an equipment’s optimal performance
- Heightened focus on machine learning to reduce the cognitive responsibilities on operators – minimizes the errors resulting from human intervention
- Automatic target tracking
- Improved position, navigation and timing technologies
As internal and external threats and modern initiatives continue to drive the robotics market, the world may be looking forward to a future where there are less human intervention and more autonomous robots and remote controlled equipment.