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Hype Cycle for Drones and Mobile Robots, 2020

Published: 06 July 2020

ID: G00441649

Analyst(s): Bill Ray


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.

Table Of Contents


  • 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

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