Robotics-as-a-Service Market Poised for Growth

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RaaS use cases include delivery, cleaning, and hospitality robots, as well as robots for factory automation, security, agriculture, and more.

Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) is gaining favor as a way to support intelligence automation by leveraging the compute power of cloud instances. It has use in many Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles and equipment, and robotic process automation applications.

The cloud robotics market, which includes RaaS and Software-as-a-Service, for robotics operations will grow from $3.3 billion in 2019 to $157.8 billion in 2030, according to ABI Research. That segment accounts for 30 percent of the robotic industry’s total worth.

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Some of the main use cases for RaaS include delivery, cleaning, and hospitality robots, as well as use in factory automation, warehouse automation, security, agriculture, hospital assistant, and more. 

RaaS is part of the much broader cloud robotics market. Some of the benefits of cloud robotics include:

  • More storage and compute power is available to the robot or robotic process
  • More intelligence can be incorporated into the device or process by offloading computationally-intensive tasks from the robot to the cloud
  • Companies have the flexibility to economically and dynamically scale (up or down) the use of computational resources
  • Models can be based and trained on much larger datasets.

RPA and Robotic Lawn Mowers

In addition to RaaS, interest in robotics (in general) and robotic process automation is growing in a variety of fields and markets.

Revenues for robotic process automation are forecast to grow by 61 percent year-on-year to 2024, according to UK-based market research firm Technavio, adding $750 million in value.

The market is still heavily fragmented, with multiple operators offering similar solutions. This fragmentation will decelerate in the next few years, according to Technavio, as large vendors acquire smaller and less successful vendors pull out of the market.

Within the broad robotics market, there are many smaller segments that are experiencing large growth. For example, the worldwide sales of robotic lawnmowers, pegged at $1.3 billion this year, are expected to grow at a 12 percent compound annual growth rate through 2025. As noted in a Research and Markets study noted that the market demand for medium-sized mowers is growing slowly across the world as some have “adopted commercial robotic mowers in a bid to reduce dependence on manual labor and traditional lawnmowers.”

According to Research and Markets:

“The non-smart segment is expected to reach over $2 billion in 2025 during the period 2019−2025 on account of the low costs of basic models among consumers. The non-smart robotic lawn mower market share is expected to decline owing to the increasing popularity of smart models.

The smart segment is expected to reach 344.22 thousand units by 2025. In the era of Industry 4.0, the garden equipment industry is increasingly heading toward a world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Robotic lawnmowers can leverage the benefits of machine learning to achieve greater efficiency, enhance product quality, and optimize workflows.”

Salvatore Salamone

About Salvatore Salamone

Salvatore Salamone is a physicist by training who has been writing about science and information technology for more than 30 years. During that time, he has been a senior or executive editor at many industry-leading publications including High Technology, Network World, Byte Magazine, Data Communications, LAN Times, InternetWeek, Bio-IT World, and Lightwave, The Journal of Fiber Optics. He also is the author of three business technology books.

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