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 Robotics and Drones 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.
"Robots and drones are proving to be powerful business tools," said Stacey Soohoo, research manager, IDC's Customers Insights and Analysis group. "They have become a solution to many tasks and applications once deemed too dangerous, dirty, dull, or dear. The opportunity for drones is growing out of its infancy, and expanded use cases for robots have fueled an acceptance of robots outside the traditional manufacturing factory floor. Innovators in the field of robotics are producing robots and drones that can be used in a wide range of tasks across a spectrum of industries. In addition to building upon existing technology, innovators are layering on additional elements such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), collision avoidance systems, full automation, and cloud applications, enabling robots and drones to work with people rather than replace them in the workplace."