According to the majority of survey respondents (65%), robots and robotic systems do not play a significant role in their industry right now. However, during the next two-to-three years, 66% believe this will increase significantly or slightly. About a quarter of respondents report that their robotic system usage will not change, 9% are unsure, and only 1% report their robotic systems usage will decrease.
The main industries, according to respondents, that will increase their robotics usage in the next few years include: Manufacturing (75%), logistics and delivery (69%), healthcare (58%), agriculture (57%), transportation (49%), mining (47%), telecommunications (47%), and military and public safety (46%).
Time commitment to robotic systems
Compared to other systems supported by IT, about half of respondents (52%) say that robotic systems will require either slightly more or much more time to support. Eight percent say it will take roughly the same amount of time, and 27% say it will take slightly less or much less time to support. About 14% of respondents are unsure of how much time is needed to support robotic systems.
Regardless of the time commitment, respondents are in agreement (79%) that IT will support whatever robotic systems are deployed in companies. Of that 79%, 62% say IT support will be significant.
Concern about robot co-workers
As far as physically working alongside robots, 57% or respondents have little to no concerns, while 32% have some safety concerns. Just 11% of respondents are extremely concerned to work side-by-side with robots.
When it comes to robots working alongside humans safely in general, 68% of respondents are somewhat concerned, 9% are extremely concerned, and slightly less than a quarter have no concern.