Must-See Robotics at RoboBusiness 2015

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Autonomous Vehicles Driving Change

Whether moving people, hard and soft goods, or raw materials, robotics will revolutionize how we think about transportation, as well as industries that rely on heavy, mobile machinery, like farming and mining. Already, companies including Caterpillar, John Deere, Uber and every automotive OEM worth their salt, have a self-driving strategy. By 2030, the self-driving car industry alone will become an $87 billion business opportunity with autonomous car sharing perhaps marking the beginning of humans riding, not only with other humans, but with packages scheduled for delivery. Meanwhile, fleets of self-driving trucks will transport goods from farm to table and from mine to factory at a never-ending pace. Still, the dawn of self-driving vehicles requires a complete re-think when it comes to safety, infrastructure, insurance and more, representing a huge opportunity for companies that can innovate to meet the demands of increasing autonomy.

Robots are far more than a buzz word. They are changing the way we work and live on a daily basis. These smart machines are driving a new era of manufacturing productivity, redefining technology markets, inspiring new business models and taking over more and more tasks now performed by humans. In short, robots are transforming our global economic future. In fact, the application of advanced robotics in health care, manufacturing and services could have an annual economic impact of between $1.7 trillion and $4.5 trillion worldwide within the next decade.

Increasingly, robotics innovation is offering companies a competitive business advantage and humans a better quality of life. Robotic hardware combined with cognitive intelligence and cloud computing capabilities signifies a host of new opportunities in advanced manufacturing, transportation logistics, surgery, retail and hospitality services, and even home and family care. It's more than a fad, it's a sea change: By 2025, the number of automatable tasks will increase to 25 percent across ALL market sectors. Robots stepping in to fulfill those tasks will boost productivity by 30 percent in many industries.

In this slideshow, RoboBusiness, the world's must-attend robotics event, takes you on a tour of some of the robots transforming business as we know it and the trends you need to be tracking to stay ahead of the robotics curve. Don't miss seeing these robots live at RoboBusiness, Sept. 23-24, in San Jose, California.

For more, be sure to sneak a peek into the future of robotics and business at RoboBusiness 2015.

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