Here are seven qualities that set autonomous drones and robots apart from their human-controlled counterparts.
One question that we have been asked a lot lately is “what is the meaning of a drone being an autonomous robot?”. The phrase “autonomous robot” is being thrown around a lot in the business world right now, but because these innovations are so new, people are pretty confused with the definition of autonomous robots and what they can do. Without a clear picture of what autonomous robots are, effectively integrating them into the warehousing and distribution environment can quickly turn into a crapshoot.
Put simply, autonomous robots are intelligent machines capable of performing tasks in the world by themselves, and without explicit human control. They include everything from basic robot vacuum cleaners that you’d use at home to full-blown autonomous drones—and everything in between.
Now, what really differentiates autonomous robots from their “controlled” counterparts are the lack of outside commands and human intervention. This is a particularly key point in today’s labor environment, where skilled workers are getting harder and harder (and more and more expensive) to come by, and where companies are seeking alternatives that can help them work smarter, better, and faster.
7 Key Differentiators
The day when “robots take over the universe” isn’t coming anytime soon, but the idea of humans and robots working side by side is already coming to fruition in factories and on warehouse floors worldwide.
“Autonomous robots can be used to improve the speed and accuracy of routine operations, particularly in warehousing and manufacturing spaces; work side-by-side with humans for added efficiency; and reduce the risk of employee injury in dangerous environments,” Deloitte points out in its new Using autonomous robots to drive supply chain innovation report.
Some of the other qualities that define autonomous robots and differs them from their predecessors include:
As autonomous robot hardware and software continues to improve over the next 10 years, Deloitte says robots could provide a competitive advantage for companies. “Through improvements in sensors, dexterity, artificial intelligence, and trainability,” the firm states, “they are becoming faster and more sophisticated, and they now include safety provisions that allow them to work collaboratively with humans.”
PINC is a recognized industry leader in autonomous drones or aerial robots. PINC’s inventory robotics solution allows companies to apply autonomous drone technology, coupled with artificial intelligence, advanced computer vision, RFID, and other sensor capabilities, to significantly improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of warehouse inventory checks and yards.
“All large companies are looking at how robots—in one form or another—can be applied to their environments,” says Matt Yearling, CEO at PINC. “ An Aerial robot/drone is no different. The whole point of the operation is that it shouldn’t add to the workload of the operation; people just want to push the button and let the robot do its thing.”