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Hype Cycle for Drones and Mobile Robots, 2020

Published: 06 July 2020

Summary

Drones and mobile robots are deployed to sense and manipulate data in remote areas that are hard for humans to reach. They can also provide improved safety, superior proficiency and lower costs.

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  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Robot Knowledge Sharing
    • Air-to-Underwater Drone Communications
    • Autonomous Trucks
    • Drone Traffic Control Systems
    • Emotion AI
    • Robot Interactive Interface
    • Personal Robot
    • Swarming Robotics
  • At the Peak
    • Drone Management Platforms
    • Light Cargo Delivery Drones
    • Smart Robots
    • Open-Space Optical Communication
    • Warehouse Picking (Humanoid) Robots
    • Autonomous Mobile Robots
    • Drone Countermeasures
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Light-Cargo Delivery Robots
    • Machine Learning
    • Computer Vision
    • Solid-State MEMS Scanning Lidar
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Commercial UAVs (Drones)
    • Lighter-Than-Air Communications Platforms
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Sensor Fusion
    • Micro Fuel Cells
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

Analyst(s): Bill Ray

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The Hype Cycle: Understanding the pitfalls and opportunities of innovations

How does a Gartner Hype Cycle™ work?

A Gartner Hype Cycle provides an objective map that helps you understand the real risks and opportunities of innovation, so you can avoid adopting something too early, giving up too soon, adopting too late, or hanging on too long. Every Hype Cycle includes five phases:

The innovation trigger starts when an event, like a technological breakthrough or a product launch, gets people talking.

The peak of inflated expectations is when product usage increases, but there’s still more hype than proof that the innovation can deliver what you need.

The trough of disillusionment happens when the original excitement wears off and early adopters report performance issues and low ROI.

The slope of enlightenment occurs when early adopters see initial benefits and others start to understand how to adapt the innovation to their organizations.

The plateau of productivity marks the point at which more users see real-world benefits and the innovation goes mainstream.

The Hype Cycle is more than just a diagram. You also get:

Evidence-backed insight

Hype Cycles tap into deep research, surveys and conversations with technology suppliers and Gartner clients.

An analysis of objective and value

The y-axis measures expectations. The x-axis relates them to the proven value of that innovation over time.

A long-term view

It often takes between three and five years for an innovation to move through the Hype Cycle, but some fall off along the way.

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