The domestic service robot market has great prospects, and the shortcomings of independent research and development capabilities need to be filled urgently

The domestic service robot market has great prospects, and the shortcomings of independent research and development capabilities need to be filled urgently

AsiaIndustrial NetNews: In recent years, as artificial intelligence heats up, home servicesRobotThe main service Robot industry continues to develop, and the global industrial scale and market space continue to expand. According to the “2016 China Robot Industry Research Report” released by iiMedia Research, a global mobile Internet third-party data mining and analysis agency, it is expected that the global service Robot market sales will reach 34.9 million units by 2018. Many industry insiders also said that in the future, the main growth of the global household cleaning robot market will be in China, and China will become the forefront of the vigorous development of household cleaning robots with its strong market consumption.

The Chinese market has broad prospects, but the penetration rate of home service robots in China is still very low and has not yet been popularized. This is the most important feature of the Chinese service robot market.

The data shows that the United States and China are currently the two major markets for sweeping robots. In the United States, the penetration rate of household intelligent sweeping robots is 16%, while the penetration rate of intelligent sweeping robots in coastal areas in China is about 4%. Penetration is as low as 0.5%. The extremely low penetration rate is both an opportunity and a challenge for the application of home service robots in China.

Looking back at the development of China’s service robot market, it began to take shape around 2005. Domestic service robot products are mainly concentrated in cleaning robots, educational robots, entertainment robots, medical robots and security robots. Among them, cleaning robots have begun to take shape in China, and the market capacity is also rapidly increasing. However, in terms of R&D and production, due to the late start of domestic R&D in the field of service robots, compared with the United States, Japan and other major service robot R&D countries, China’s independent R&D capabilities need to be supplemented. Of course, this also means that the development of my country’s service robot industry will face greater opportunities and development space.

Starting late, it is even more necessary to catch up. As far as the development trend of the service robot industry is concerned, intelligence has become the main feature of service robots. In my country, the importance of the service robot industry has been continuously increased. In the “National Medium- and Long-Term Science and Technology Development Plan (2006-2020)”, intelligent service robots are listed as cutting-edge technologies for key development in the next 15 years. According to the existing industry research center data, as of the end of 2016, the number of Chinese service robot companies has exceeded 1,500.

Judging from the current development of my country’s service robot industry, professional service robots such as medical robots and military robots are mainly used in the public sector, as well as personal/home service robots used in education, home cleaning, entertainment, and helping the elderly and the disabled. In the early stage of industrialization development, products are in the form of single function and preliminary intelligence. In order to quickly realize industrialization and marketization, R&D and innovation capabilities need to be supplemented.

Continuous investment in research and development and the realization of intelligent product innovation is a key step in accelerating the development of the service robot industry. Take the American iRobot company as an example. Its recently launched Roomba 9 series, 8 series and 6 series sweeping robot products already have Wi-Fi intelligent interconnection, automatic switching to a more efficient corner cleaning mode, intelligent navigation with visual tracking, The mobile APP can plan cleaning tasks and other functions with one click, and put forward the slogan of building a “smart home” to further develop the global market.

At present, most of the products in China’s service robot industry are still in the research and development stage, and there are very few service robot products that have been put into use and realized industrialization. As far as sweeping robots are concerned, some companies have already set foot in the R&D, design and sales of sweeping robots, and have cooperated with domestic university R&D institutions to combine research and production, but the production scale is small and the technological content is not enough to form a strong core competition. The ability of independent research and development and innovation needs to be improved urgently, and there is a long way to go.

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Published on 08/31/2022