December 30, 2021

Staubli IFR ABI report400x275As part of a new whitepaper, research firm ABI Research predicts a total of 452,000 mobile robots will be shipped in 2022, representing a 65% increase compared to 2021 shipments. In addition, the firm said 45,000 cobots will ship next year.

The prediction comes in the firm’s whitepaper, “70 Technology Trends That Will – and Will Not – Shape 2022,” which can be downloaded for free. The company’s analysts identify 35 trends that will shape the technology and 35 others that are less likely to move the needle over the next 12 months, despite attracting huge amounts of speculation and commentary.

“The fallout from COVID-19 prevention measures, the process of transitioning from pandemic to endemic disease, and global political tensions weigh heavily on the coming year’s fortunes,” said Stuart Carlaw, chief research officer at ABI Research. “This whitepaper is a tool for our readers to help shape their understanding of the key critical trends that look set to materialize in 2022 as the world begins to emerge from the shadow of COVID-19. It also highlights those much-vaunted trends that are less likely to have meaningful impact in 2022.”

In its shipment prediction, the firm said robotics processor vendors will increasingly offer Robot Operating System (ROS)-based solutions for hardware acceleration across the entirety of robotics offerings. This will help tackle the problem of system integration, enticing developers to adopt more off-the-shelf processors and hardware. In addition, the hardware-software optimization will provide a set of benchmarks and standards, accelerating the time to market for developers.

However, while the emergence of ROS and various robotics startups will offer “real advances in the short term”, ABI said robotics as a whole will suffer from a significant shortage in expertise. “In the long run, this will have an adverse effect on development and commercialization,” the company said. “Considerable investment in resource- and time-intensive areas requiring experts from different fields is badly needed, but this will not happen anytime soon.”

For more details on the whitepaper, head to the ABI Research website here.