Sensors and robots will share a common destiny


  • The forthcoming robotics revolution will cover the entire market spectrum.
  • The already-robust US$ 350 million sensors for drones and robots market will double by 2021, reaching US$ 709 million at a 12.4% CAGR from 2015-2021.
  • Sensors, which are key enablers for the emerging robotics revolution, will play a role in all applications.
  • Key technologies such as 3D cameras, Solid-State LIDAR and ultraprecise gyroscopes are in development.

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LYON, France – May 20, 2016: Driven by a full applications range, drones and robots market is expected to grow at CAGR of 9.4% between 2015 and 2021, reaching a total revenue of US$ 46 billion by 2021. “More and better sensors means more and better robots”, asserts Yole Développement (Yole) in its latest report entitled Sensors for drones and robots: market opportunities and technology revolution. And “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company explains: “Most technologies are ready today; the market will see step by step integration those technologies within robots and drones systems.” Acoustic, optical, position, touch, electromagnetic and environmental sensors are part of the drones and robots revolution…

Within the new robots and drones report, Yole’s analysts propose a detailed technology roadmap presenting the evolution of sensor technologies (basic sensing – replication of humans senses and advanced sensing technology) and related robots and drones. From 2010 to 2021, they detail the status of the technology, its added-value compared to existing solutions, the time to market and the related competitive landscape. This report is the first one from Yole’s market research company dedicated to drones and robots. This analysis is a combination of the overall Yole analysts’ expertise, from MEMS to imaging and their industry knowledge. Sensor forecasts, market drivers, major global players, market and technology segmentation are part of Sensors for drones and robots: market opportunities and technology revolution report.

Key technologies such as 3D cameras, solid-state LIDAR and ultraprecise gyroscope are in development. Emerging players like Parrot, iRobot, and DJI Innovations have been able to extract significant value from their technology and market vision. Agile and technology-savvy, these companies are the templates for new drones and robots companies because of their ability to create from scratch new sensing subsystems like Vision SLAM from iRobot, Parrot’s electronic stabilization camera, and the gyro-stabilized gimbals from DJI. Complete mastery of sensing technology is critical for drones and robots companies.

On the flip side, the sensors being developed today have a hard time finding the critical market size needed to sustain R&D efforts. Sensor companies usually rely on other markets or hope for the development of another. Therefore, a certain mismatch exists between system-maker expectations and sensor company behavior. At worst, this can be the source of missed opportunities for the entire ecosystem. Yole’s report aims to provide the “big picture” for this emerging field, along with some background on the potential business at sake.

“Ultrasonic rangers, proximity sensors, inertial monitoring units, magnetic and optical encoders, and of course compact camera modules are all ready to be integrated by drones and robots manufacturers,” confirms Pierre Cambou, Activity Leader, Imaging at Yole. On the other hand, new sensors are preparing to transform the world. Several technologies revolving around 3D sensing including 3D cameras, sonar, radar or LIDAR, and other modalities such as multispectral, IR imaging and gas sensing will be necessary for the robotics revolution to deliver on its promises. Drones and robots are a key opportunity for sensor and system makers, with potentially huge mutual benefits.  

More information about Yole’s report is available on i-micronews.com website, MEMS & Sensors reports section.

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