The intrinsic demand for automated, robotic and unmanned systems is largely driven by applications that are inherently repetitive, unpleasant, or dangerous. At present, these tasks typically include agricultural, container handling, intelligent transportation (repetitive), scientific exploration, mining, waste management, (unpleasant), search and rescue, fire-fighting, and military applications (dangerous). Additionally, as many of these applications necessitate the employment of vehicles that are relatively expensive, the additional cost of the automation components and integration is often modest relative to the gains made by better use of the platform. This tends to auger well when establishing robust use cases for such systems, particularly in the commercial arena.
KeywordsUnmanned Ground Vehicle Unmanned Surface Vehicle Improvise Explosive Device Force Integration Container Handling
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