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From Guiding To Self-Driving

John Young, APAC sales director at automation parts supplier, EU Automation, discusses how AGVs have evolved from simple materials handlers to intelligent autonomous robots.

There were over 138,700 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in the world during 2019, of which 41,000 were deployed in China. While these driverless vehicles might be in the distant future for consumers, they ensure manufacturing plants can improve productivity, manufacturing flexibility and production flow.

AGVs are mobile robots that follow a set of rules, be it signals or markers, during navigation. The first AGV was introduced in the 1950s, by Barrett Electronics, and was guided by a wire in the floor that performed a simple towing action.

The market has rapidly increased during the 21st century, and these mobile robots are now common across several industry sectors.

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