Self-driving cars are just a fraction of the projected trillion-dollar global autonomous tech market


According to a joint study conducted by TEConomy Partners LLC in partnership with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce with funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

When adding air, sea and defense autonomous systems to capture the broader spatial context of the mobile autonomous systems market, this number can easily reach $1 trillion.

And self-driving cars will represent only a fraction of that market value.

The scope of autonomous technology – robotics, artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and other related fields – is much broader and broader than that, and Pittsburgh is a showcase for the diversity of the industry. Today, the Pittsburgh area is home to more than 100 companies in the Autonomous Technology Space spanning 18 industry verticals, exciting companies producing life-changing products and services. Compared to more prominent markets, such as Austin and Boston, Pittsburgh’s growth has been organic and spanned decades, allowing the area to boast competitive pricing, a thriving housing stock and ecosystem and talent-driven.

Here are a few.

fifth season

Fifth Season harnesses the power of robotics and AI, combined with cutting-edge agricultural science, to create a new standard in sustainable fresh food. Fifth Season offers a whole new category of hyper-local fresh foods with their ready-to-eat salads and sustainable leafy greens grown on their exclusive vertical farms. Its newest vertical farm is located in Braddock, Pennsylvania and is expected to produce over 500,000 pounds of product in its first full year of operation. Fresh, tender lettuces, spinach, “Bridge City” and “Three Rivers” blends, and company herbs each receive individual attention, as sensors monitor every condition – humidity, pH, light, nutrient mix – and adapt to the needs of each plant. Fifth Season’s stand-alone systems can even determine nutritional needs to give varietals their own buttery or crisp, sweet, tangy or tart flavor and texture.

Four producers

Four Growers is a provider of automated solutions for greenhouse crop management. Thanks to robotic technology, they reduce production costs for greenhouse growers, providing healthy and affordable local products. They have developed THOMAS, a robot that not only harvests tomatoes but performs quality checks on them and stores them. The robot moves quickly, designed to fit right into high-tech greenhouses, but is small enough to fit between rows.

RedZone Robotics

RedZone Robotics offers complete solutions for collecting and evaluating essential information for the management of sanitation systems. Its specialized bots collect a wide range of actionable system health data through Multi-Sensor Inspection (MSI) and rapid data collection tools – identifying key insights and providing visual reports that provide insight. unmatched even on the most complex systems.

‍RedZone’s robots are uniquely capable of traversing pipes under a range of operational conditions, allowing inspection-to-clean assessments to be performed rather than the cleaning-to-inspect method others use – significantly reducing costs and providing data as quickly as possible.

Seegrid Company

Seegrid, recently named by Fast Company as the fourth most innovative robotics company in the world, is a leader in autonomous mobile robots for material handling and helps companies transform into smart factories of the future. It combines autonomous mobile robots, enterprise software and industry-leading services for a complete, connected material handling automation solution. Some of the world’s largest manufacturing, warehousing and logistics companies rely on Seegrid to automate the flow of materials in highly complex environments. From project design to deployment, change management, user training, and data-driven consultation, material flow is both safe and optimized, accelerating automation initiatives today and in the future. Seegrid’s proprietary navigation technology uses cameras, sophisticated algorithms and machine learning to safely and reliably navigate dynamic environments alongside human colleagues.

Carnegie Robotics

Carnegie Robotics is a leading provider of advanced robotic sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and energy applications. It was founded in 2010 as a spin-out of the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the world’s leading research and development organizations for advanced field robotics, machine vision and autonomy. They recognized that field robotics markets would not reach their potential until companies emerged capable of effectively designing, manufacturing, supplying and supporting the critical sensors, software and components that form robotic systems. One of their spin-off companies,, focuses on technology for the cleaning and sanitizing equipment industry, which can be seen in use at Pittsburgh International Airport.

These are just a few of the many outstanding companies moving to Pittsburgh, where they are becoming significant global players in the development and commercialization of the latest technologies, not only driving a local economy into the future, but changing the world.

Check INCD Factory 19, a revitalized Pittsburgh steel mill that houses several leading institutions in the field of autonomy and robotics. The self-driving industry is growing rapidly in southwestern Pennsylvania, positioning the region as a global player in the industry. Are you here?

The mission of Regional Industrial Development Corporation is to catalyze and support economic growth and the creation of high-quality jobs through real estate development and the financing of projects that serve the public interest. A not-for-profit entity, RIDC has developed over 2,800 acres in 14 industrial and innovation parks and manages over 7 million square feet.


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