COULD ROBOTS HELP CURB PANDEMICS LIKE COVID-19?

·      36% of us believe robotics could help make PPE stock

·      33% feel deliveries by robots or drones would tackle social distancing

·      28% think robotics can help with automating cleaning of public places

In the last few months we have been bombarded from all sides with messages about washing our hands and staying alert wherever we go, it’s no surprise that many of us feel we are living in a dystopian sci-fi novel.

Whilst there are certain areas of our lives we realise robotics are used and needed, do we recognise the role robotics already has in the battle to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and future pandemics and how they can continue to do so as the industry evolves?

While 36% of UK adults think PPE manufacturing is the way in which robotics can assist us the most, 33% feel robot or drone deliveries would ensure social distancing guidelines are followed with 28% saying robotics could be used to clean public places. 

Manufacturing (42%) tops the list of industries in which people think robotics are most useful, ahead of logistics (30%) and military and defence (20%). Despite the medical sector coming fourth on 17%, with everything that’s happened this year, this is where most people (38%) expect to see the most rapid advancements in the next 12 months. 

Now in its 5th year, UK Robotics Week (Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th June), organised by the EPSRC UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems Network, will still be showcasing events virtually to exhibit the true power and benefits that current and future advancements in robotics will provide in the medical sector and otherwise .

If this is your particular field do look at their website:- UK-RAS.org>roboticsweek