The consumer robotics market is gaining considerable momentum, creating an environment in which embedded software testing is critical to protect individuals from safety hazards created by malfunctioning devices.
According to a recent ABI Research study, the consumer robotics segment is set to reach a total market value of approximately $6.5 billion by 2017. This represents considerable growth in an industry that was valued at approximately $1.6 billion in 2012.
Philip Solis, research director for ABI Research, explained that shifts in the consumer robotics market landscape are establishing a solid foundation for long-term growth potential. However, safety concerns remain a key issue in the sector.
"What happens if a robot falls down the stairs while someone is walking up, or gets caught on a lamp power cord and pulls the lamp down and starts a fire?" asked Solis. "This is a gating factor to take-up of more complex personal robots - solvable but with additional cost."
Automated software testing can contribute to major improvements in robot safety. To a great extent, robots operate through a combination of monitoring devices, sensors and cameras that interact with software to guide operations. As a result, quality embedded software is a central component of safety in the robotics sector.