Robotics as a Service: Lowering Barriers and Expanding Use-Cases

Thursday, May 24, 2018

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Robotics as a Service (RaaS) originally was coined to describe the business model whereby robotic platforms functioned on cloud-platforms that were sold as a service to end-users. Now, RaaS represents one of the most notable phenomena in the development and diversification of commercial robots across an ever-expanding list of markets and use-cases.

The presentation will describe the state of RaaS, highlighting salient trends in a way that provides context, outlines key takeaways and provides strategic industry guidance. The development of RaaS across of range of markets and through many companies will be described and evaluated. A central theme of RaaS is the promise of robotics being developed for an ever-wider range of use-cases, and this presentation will aim to educate members on the varied experiences of RaaS providers across markets, many of which had not previously seen significant robotic adoption.

Both the advantages and disadvantages of the model will be noted, as will the strategic drivers and inhibitors. This qualitative analysis will be supplemented with quantitative data pertaining to macroeconomic trends and market forecasts.

Topics include:

  • Value proposition of RaaS (advantages and disadvantages)
  • The Market Dynamics of RaaS (Drivers and Inhibitors)
  • Markets and Use-Cases
  • Forecasting potential Growth
  • Key Takeaways


Rian Whitton, Research Analyst, ABI Research

As part of ABI Research’s Strategic Technologies research team, Rian provides an analysis for Robotics, Automation, Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has also written actively on the commercial application of unmanned aerial vehicles. Rian graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Science & Security from King’s College London, researching the intersection of technology and defense.

Subjects of interest included lethal autonomous weapons, unmanned systems, aerospace innovation, nuclear deterrence and how it relates to international affairs. Prior to that, he was an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield, studying History & Politics. Rian has been an editor and contributor to the conflict comment, a media outlet that focuses on international relations. He has experience of public speaking, most recently giving a presentation on missile defense at the University of London in September 2017.