Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Drones and Mobile Robots, 2017

Published: 28 July 2017

ID: G00331618

Analyst(s): Dale Kutnick , Gerald Van Hoy


Drones and mobile robots are deployed for their ability to sense, manipulate and collect data in remote areas with improved safety, superior proficiency and lower net costs versus mobile workers in vehicles or on foot. IT leaders must determine when to seize the opportunity to invest in them.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • On the Rise
    • Air to Deep Sea Communications
    • Biotech — Cultured or Artificial Tissue
    • Robot Knowledge Sharing
    • Hardware Robot Operating System
    • Lithium-Air Batteries
    • Solid-State Lithium Ion
    • Microsupercapacitor Batteries
    • Aluminum-Air Batteries
    • External Control System/Environment for Mobile Robots
    • Open-Space Optical Communication
    • Swarming Robotics
    • Molecular Transistors
    • Internet of Things Authentication
    • 5G
    • Personal Robot
    • Robot Interactive Interface
    • Copper Foam Batteries
    • Quantum Computing
    • 3D Geofencing
  • At the Peak
    • Autonomous Mobile Robots
    • Smart Robots
    • Machine Learning
    • Nanotube Electronics
    • Computer Vision
    • Commercial UAVs (Drones)
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • 3D Cameras
    • Lighter-Than-Air Communication Platforms
    • Augmented Reality
    • Sensor Fusion
    • Managed Machine-to-Machine Services
    • Micro Fuel Cells
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Advanced Robot Motors
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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