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Cobot and mobile robot sales are forecasted to continue growing in 2022, according to ABI Research.

ABI is forecasting 452,000 mobile robots to be shipped in 2022 and 45,000 cobots.

In its recent white paper 70 Technology Trends That Will – and Will Not – Shape 2022, ABI states that robotics processor vendors will increasingly offer Robot Operating System based solutions for hardware acceleration across the entirety of robotics offerings and this should help tackle the problem of system integration and entice developers to adopt more off-the-shelf processors and hardware.

“Furthermore, the hardware-software optimization will provide a set of benchmarks and standards for the field, which is fairly fragmented at the moment, accelerating the time-to-market,” ABI’s white paper states.

ABI also sees 5G coming to robots. 5G deployment has started to mature worldwide, with more 5G devices expected to launch in the next few years. ABI says that 5G is expected to play a critical role in enabling on-device machine learning for robots, allowing them to feature highly-accurate object detection, autonomous navigation, facial recognition and pose estimation.

More than 30 per cent of mobile robots are expected to feature cellular connectivity by 2025, ABI forecasts.

 

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