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2024 A Year of Robotics 🚄 4 Predictions for Where Robots Will Be in the Next Few Years 🔌

2 March, 2024


The next 2 years will see huge 📈 in robotics and AI technology. Here are 4 bold predictions for how robots will continue to evolve and integrate more deeply into our lives by 2026.



Widespread Use of Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing


By 2026, we'll see over 1 million industrial robots working alongside ✌ human workers worldwide. Collaborative robots, or "cobots" 🤖, will be commonplace in factories and warehouses. Capable of operating safely near humans without barriers, cobots will allow for greater flexibility and ⬆ productivity gains as they can work in tandem with employees. Industries like automotive and electronics manufacturing will lead the adoption of cobots. Over 50% of manufacturers plan to deploy cobots within the next 3 years to streamline 📈 production processes.



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Delivery and Logistics Robots on Every Street


You won't be able to walk down the sidewalk without encountering some form of delivery robot! Out of necessity due to labor shortages and demand for faster delivery times, autonomous robots will deliver an estimated 50% of packages to homes and businesses by 2026. Venture-backed robotics startups like Starship Technologies, Nuro, and Anthropic are already piloting food, package and mail delivery robots in cities across the U.S. and Europe. Grocery delivery will also see a boom, with robots bringing essential goods directly to people's doors. 🚚



2026 Year of Robots


Service Robots to Assist in Healthcare, Elder Care, and Beyond


With an aging population and shortage of caregivers, service robots will play an instrumental role in assisting seniors and those with disabilities. 🩻 By 2026, over 2 million service robots will be assisting patients in hospitals and care homes around the world with tasks like medication reminders, virtual visits with family, and mobility assistance. Robots like Diligent's Moxi and Anthropic's Claire will provide companionship and assist those living independently. We'll also see AI and robotics increasingly integrated to help physicians perform surgeries, handle intensive care monitoring, and provide therapies. 🏥



2026 Year of Robots

Self-Driving Vehicles Start to Go Mainstream


Major automakers like GM, Ford and Tesla aim to deploy fully-driverless vehicles without steering wheels or pedals on public roads by 2026. With continued testing and regulatory approvals, robot taxis without human safety drivers will start operating in select cities. While truly driverless vehicles for the masses may not be ready by 2026, limited access self-driving services will be available to the public. We'll also see autonomous trucks make their commercial debut for long-haul freight transport. The path is being paved for a future where transportation is safer, more accessible, and robot-driven! 🏙️



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The next two years will be pivotal for commercializing robotics and AI at scale. By leveraging automation to boost productivity and augment human capabilities, robots have the potential to radically transform entire industries and our daily lives. Looking ahead to 2026, we can expect robots to play increasingly prominent roles across manufacturing, logistics, healthcare and transportation - improving efficiency while freeing up humans for more creative work. The robotics revolution continues to gather pace, supercharging businesses with intelligent machines working side by side with employees. Exciting times ahead indeed for the ever-evolving field of robotics!


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