Technology is growing in leaps and bounds and is present in both the private and public sectors. Automated guided vehicles are a prime example of this and are used in different applications throughout different types of industries. They are often used in industrial settings to complete tasks that would normally take several humans to complete.
Automated guided vehicles are basically robots that are able to follow a predetermined course of direction. They are able to accomplish this through different built-in devices that allow them to see where they need to go, or through lasers or sometimes magnets. Their navigation is controlled through following a set of wires or markers that have been strategically laid out for them to follow.
These robots can be so sophisticated that they can communicate with other robots, and with the latest technology ways of using artificial intelligence with them is being heavily studied.
There are some automated guided vehicles that are used in the healthcare industry that allow for the automated transportation of goods and items such as medical supplies, medical waste or other items to different areas of the medical institution which in turn is implementing a safer and more cost efficient method for doing this.
Any industry that has a need to move a large volume of items on a regular basis would be a prime candidate for using automated guided vehicles. These robots are designed for specific uses and are powered by software that can be programmed so their uses can be personalized for the tasks at hand. While there is still some level of human involvement required for the overall operation of the automated guided vehicles most often it reduces the requirement for additional manpower substantially.
Other industries that are putting this type of technology to work are the aerospace, automotive,communications, retail and manufacturing industries just to name a few.