Top stories of the year
- Generative AI and its influence on robotics development.
- In 2023, developers announced a historic number of humanoid robots, including the following:
- In the warehousing and logistics market, autonomous trailer unloading was one of the applications that matured as multiple vendors launched and deployed new systems into real customer applications for the first time. This is an area to watch in the coming years because trailer unloading remains a bottleneck in logistics workflows.
- On the downside, in the first half of 2023, the North American robotics market ordered 16,865 robots, down 29% compared with the first half of 2022, according to the Association for Advancing Automation. Investment funding for robotics startups also dried up compared to recent years.
- Finally, the biggest failure of the year and the biggest setback came with the California DMV rescinding of Cruise’s autonomous operations permit. This occurred after multiple incidents where the GM unit’s robotaxis failed to operate effectively on public roads. As a result, Cruise ceased all autonomous vehicle (AV) operations in the U.S., made changes to executive leadership, and laid off 24% of its workforce. These events rocked the autonomous driving market in 2023 and put tremendous pressure on the remaining AV vendors.
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