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Robots: Autonomous vs Controlled

 , updated on June 21, 2016
Autonomous functions are things that robots can do by themselves. By definition, all robots have some degree of autonomous functionality. That is to say, that a machine without autonomous capabilities isn't typically considered a robot.
Robots can be fully autonomous, meaning that they aren't controlled by outside commands. Currently this is somewhat rare. The majority of robots are partially autonomous and partially controlled by external commands either from a human or an external system. For example, a factory robot may know how to weld autonomously but receives commands from a factory automation system to tell it when and where to weld. Such a robot may also have a remote control for human operators to use or at least an emergency shut off button that can be accessed by people.
Autonomous vs Controlled
Autonomous Controlled
DefinitionRobots that can do things by themselves.Robots that offer commands to external systems and human operators.


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