Autonomous mobile robots are gaining traction in a wide range of industrial operations applications given the opportunity for higher efficiencies and lower costs.
The AMRs are smarter and more adaptable than automated guided vehicles and are becoming an "essential" choice, according to Kiran Raj, practice head of disruptive tech at GlobalData.
"With advanced mechatronic capabilities, they are becoming an essential choice, particularly amid manpower shortages, as they can move and make decisions on their own," Raj said in a press release.
The AMR, unlike an AGV, can navigate and identify impediments using maps created on site, according to GlobalData's Innovation radar report, "Smart robotics: How mobile robots can improve productivity."
The report cited that a California technology startup, Ottonomy, has developed the world's first fully autonomous delivery robot called Ottobot which is being used at the CVG airport in Cincinnati for delivering retail and food items at the airport.
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