This IDC study describes how IDC's Customer Insights and Analysis group evaluates the worldwide robotics and drones market opportunity, identifying top-ranking regional use cases and providing market forecasts from IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide. We provide worldwide use case figures for 2016–2021, analyzing the current size and future potential of implementing several key robotics and drones use cases and setting the forecast within the context of the broader ecosystem.
"The rising capabilities and falling costs of robotics and drones are allowing companies across all regions and industries to preview a more efficient future from both an operational and a business strategy standpoint," said Stacey Soohoo, research manager, IDC's Customer Insights and Analysis group. "Robotics adoption continues to grow outside the traditional manufacturing space as end users embrace the disruptive technology, accelerating their business transformation. Drones adoption has evolved beyond a military setting, leaping into consumer and commercial markets across various industries, geographic regions, and applications. The robotics and drones market continues to experience strong double-digit growth as end users realize the long-term value these new technologies create."