The ROI of robotics: financial and operational sense.


Autonomous technologies have blossomed into well-developed, ready-to-deploy solutions.

One of the most competitive arenas for this development is the self-driving car market, with most major manufacturers staking a claim. In October 2016, Tesla announced that all vehicles it produces will be equipped with the necessary hardware for full self-driving capability. The rigorous, large-scale commitment from Tesla and other big-name automotive companies has been a principal driver behind accelerating autonomous capabilities. According to the Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0, “As soon as 2026, some expect that 90% of new vehicles will be autonomous.”

The supply chain is another obvious target for the autonomous transportation revolution. A 2016 McKinsey report suggests that autonomous ground vehicles will account for 80% of final-mile deliveries within 10 years. Autonomous technology also has a presence in manufacturing facilities and distribution centres, where automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been used for decades, and will continue to penetrate the materials handling industry as technologies advance.

This white paper examines the evolution of robotic technology and autonomous load transportation solutions, and the value drivers spurring their adoption.

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