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One of the biggest robotics led economic and social changes in the near future will be the arrival of the fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicle. A world full of self driving cars, planes and boats is around the corner. The potential benefits are huge ranging from a vast cut in automotive accident rates to more efficient cars themselves and greater mobility options for people of all ages. The bracket of autonomous vehicles and includes Autonomous Trucks and Drones.

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Self-Driving Cars

Billions are currently being invested into making autonomous cars a reality in the very near future. Both traditional car companies such as BMW and Toyota and new entrants like Google an Apple are currently vying to be the among the first to introduce fully autonomous vehicles on the roads.

There are investment opportunities here not only with the OEM's themselves but also the new technology supply chain in detection and avoidance systems, vehicle to vehicle communication, and software and artificial intelligence systems used to control the vehicles.

Commercial Drones

Drones have multiple commercial and industrial end market uses. For most of these applications such as inspection and surveying to film making they generally save users both time and money.

​Within the agriculture market they may also be used to spray crops, plough fields, or pick fruit. Companies like Amazon are exploring the possibility of the future by utilizing them for a drone delivery service.
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Autonomous Trucks

The logistics industry will be a key beneficiary of autonomous vehicle technology in the form of self-driving trucks. These trucks could be on the road non-stop for 24 hours a day saving thousands of dollars every year in truck driver wages whilst also boosting the utilization levels of the truck itself.

They could save yet more money by driving in the most efficient way possible whilst also deploying techniques like "platooning" to dramatically cut down fuel bills.

Sea Drones

Drones will come in all shapes and sizes and can be deployed to work autonomously in environments which may be difficult to reach and/or dangerous for humans to work as well as their more mainstream potential applications.
One such example is in the world's oceans where both surface and underwater drones can fix underwater pipes, monitor pollution and sea temperature or even help with search and rescue missions.