Solactive Robotics & Drones Index

Machines that could revolutionize our everyday life


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I. Machines that could revolutionize our everyday life

Robotic systems support physicians with minimally invasive interventions, and unmanned aircraft monitor the irrigation of farmland and protect rhinoceros from extermination by poachers. These are not scenes from a science fiction movie, but situations from our present. The enormous progress in robotics made over the last few years make all of this possible: Experts presume the robot and drone industry will significantly change our everyday lives in the future, and say it has enormous economic potential. For example, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is expecting global growth in the robotics area of at least 15 percent per year between 2016 and 2018. The penetration rate is still quite low in some areas, especially in the emerging markets. However, these regions are catching up. By 2018, the IFR expects 150,000 robots to be installed in China alone. This represents a global market share of 38 percent. (Source: UBS Study “Longer Term Investments, Automation and Robotics”, 01/2016).

II. Robotics and drones in use

There are already some relevant examples of this today. Thus, the manufacturer Accuray has developed a robot-controlled radio-surgery system for treating tumors, a demanding task. In future robots will not only be more efficient, but also more adaptable, so that they can support human beings with their work even under adverse conditions. This is demonstrated by the unmanned aircraft used by the company AeroVironment, which work hand in hand with firemen. In thick smoke and darkness they found out exactly where the fire source is and whether there are buildings in the vicinity that pose a particular threat.

III. Progress means independence

Progress means independence in the robotics industry. According to McKinsey, robots will in eleven years’ time already be capable of producing high-quality goods and noticing and improving errors- not only their own, but also the errors of other robots and human beings. Despite constant further developments, the acquisition costs for many robots are getting lower and lower, so that gradually they may also be attractive to consumers. One of the first robots to make the transition into private households is the fully automatic vacuum cleaner. The company iRobot has now developed many other household helpers, such as pool and guttering cleaners. At the moment it is not yet possible to estimate conclusively the areas where robots will be actively supporting human beings in their everyday lives by 2025, but there are likely to be many. The economic importance of robots and drones should be correspondingly high in future.

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