Global Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size, Share Analysis Report, 2024-2032
Global Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size, Share Analysis Report, 2024-2032

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Type (Tow Vehicles, Unit Load Carriers, Forklift Trucks, Pallet Trucks, Assembly Line Vehicles and Others); By Navigation Technology; By Battery Type; By Application; By Industry; By Regions; Segment Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Published Date:Jan-2024
  • Pages: 117
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM1034
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019-2022

Report Outlook

The global automated guided vehicle (AGV) market was valued at USD 5.78 Billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.30% in the forecast period. 

Automated guided vehicles are substance managing techniques or load bearers that proceed by oneself all through a warehouse, distribution center, or produce potential without a consigned operator or driver. The automated guided vehicle (AGV) market sales are soaring as they are utilized for chores that would normally be managed by forklifts, conveyor technologies, or laboring carts operating extensive magnitude of substances in a tedious manner. They are frequently utilized for conveying raw materials such as plastic, metal, paper, or rubber. For instance, AGVs can fetch raw materials from accepting to the warehouse or distribute substances instantly to production lines.

As AGVs function by themselves, they escalate productivity and efficacy, and they are probable and dependable for tedious tasks. AGVs abolish non-essential walking and also abolish physical labor of conveying substances. They establish tempo for workers as well as maintain workmates on tasks. AGVs such as collective mobile robot guide identifies with each task decreasing human fallacy, which assists in enhancing order collecting preciseness and lessening loss and missing commodities. By exploiting AI to maximize direction and classify work, collective mobile robots enhance resource usage.

Autonomous guided vehicles, automated or self-guided, are driverless vehicles employed for material handling or as load carriers in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, or distribution centers. AGVs find applications in transporting raw materials or finished goods, work in progress, or lifting and handling products.


Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size

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The market for AGVs is bolstered by the burgeoning popularity of e-commerce and the increasing demand for automation in material handling across various industries. Other factors driving the market include technological advancements in AGVs, safety concerns in factories and warehouses, and the versatility of AGVs in handling material transportation and assembly tasks.

An automated guided vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that performs material handling and transportation tasks without human intervention. Equipped with sensors and navigation systems, AGVs can navigate through a facility or warehouse and transport materials from one location to another. AGVs find widespread use in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and distribution centers to move materials and products. Additionally, AGVs can be used in healthcare facilities and airports to transport patients or luggage.

The increasing demand for automation in diverse industries and manufacturing facilities serves as a primary driver for the growth of the automated guided vehicle (AGV) market. AGVs in these settings reduce human effort and increase worker safety. However, the period required to achieve a return on investment (ROI) can be lengthy, making AGVs unsuitable for short-term applications. Furthermore, high maintenance costs and initial investments pose significant challenges to the automated guided vehicle market.

Automated guided vehicles find application in several end-use industries such as logistics, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, food, and beverages. The need for industrial equipment is driven by increased productivity and reduced labor costs. The demand for AGVs is predicted to increase in response to the growing trend of automation in industries. The persistent need for custom material handling and transport solutions to boost efficiency is driven by rising industrialization. In November 2021, JBT, a technology solutions provider in the food and beverage sector, acquired Urtasun Technologia Alimentaria, which specializes in providing solutions for fruit and vegetable processing.

The research study provides a comprehensive analysis of the industry, assessing the market on the basis of various segments and sub-segments. It sheds light on the competitive landscape and introduces Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market key players from the perspective of market share, concentration ratio, etc. The study is a vital resource for understanding the growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges in the industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the automated guided vehicle market due to government-imposed lockdowns and manufacturing shutdowns, resulting in a lack of available workforce. However, the market is expected to experience significant growth in the future due to increased demand for contactless and efficient logistics infrastructure. Additionally, the rising demand for automation in various industries and the need for increased safety, accuracy, and productivity are contributing to the growth of the automated guided vehicle market.

Automated Guided Vehicle

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
Integrating an AGV system can replace human labor, providing significant cost benefits for operating organizations. Not hiring new employees or replacing existing ones helps reduce expenses, such as training and finding new personnel. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, labor wages, and salaries increased by 1.2%, and benefit costs increased by 1.8%. Furthermore, employees expect pay raises and benefits as they gain experience to increased labor costs for the company each year. In contrast, profits from AGV projects result in pure profit, except for maintenance and power consumption costs.

Additionally, AGVs can perform processes of fixed automation systems like conveyors, which stand costly and commonly interfere with workflow during implementation. Implementing fixed automation systems can halt the process of another facility, reducing productivity. AGVs are less expensive to enforce and do not interfere with other facilities' operations. While fixed automation systems are expensive and challenging to move, AGVs can be reprogrammed for new tasks and improved functionality.

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) enhance worker safety through several means. They can perform hazardous tasks for human workers, such as handling dangerous substances, working in extreme temperatures, and transporting large objects. Moreover, they eliminate the human factor, often the root cause of many accidents. Unlike conventional forklift operators who may speed around a facility and pose a risk to the safety of workers, AGVs operate in a controlled manner with smooth acceleration/deceleration and monitored maximum speeds.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on type, battery type, navigation technology, application, industry, and region

By Type

By Battery Type

By Navigation Technology

By Application

By Industry

By Region

  • Tow Vehicles
  • Unit Load Carriers
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Pallet Trucks
  • Assembly Line Vehicles
  • Others
  • Lead
  • Lithium Ion
  • Nickel Based
  • Others
  • Magnetic Guidance
  • Optical Tape Guidance
  • Vision Guidance
  • Laser Guidance
  • Inductive Guidance
  • Others
  • Pallet Handling
  • Handling Raw Materials
  • Work in Process Movement
  • Container Handling
  • Roll Handling
  • Final Product Handling
  • Trailor Loading
  •  Others
  • Food & Beverages
  • Healthcare
  • Paper & Printing
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Retail
  • Chemical
  • Others
  • North America (U.S, Canada, Mexico)
  • Asia-pacific (China, Japan, India, Australia, Rest of Asia- pacific)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East & Africa) 

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The unit load carriers’ segment is expected to witness the highest growth share in 2022

The unit load carrier segment is anticipated to experience the highest share in 2022. AGVs designed for unit loads transport large containers, pallets, and rolls and offer the advantage of efficient task scheduling by reducing aisle traffic and minimizing product damage. For example, in September 2021, Addverb Technologies Private Limited, a company specializing in robotics and automation, announced its expansion into the Australian, European, and Singaporean markets in response to the increasing demand for unit load AGVs and automation solutions in the global market.

The laser guidance segment is expected to witness the largest growth share in 2022

In 2022, the laser guidance segment was the dominant technology in the AGV market, with the largest revenue share growth forecasted for the future. This is due to the demand for intelligent and effective routing, driving the rising acceptance of automated vehicles.

Using computer vision and advanced software solutions has improved AGV's ability to analyze their environment in real time, making them more attractive for operations in challenging environments, such as navigating narrow aisles or transporting large components. For example, in April 2021, Toyota Industries Firm launched "T-Hive," an autonomous vehicle software corporation that provides solutions for all its vehicles. This unified solution promises to enhance the storage, transportation, and distribution of goods for customers using logistics facilities worldwide.   

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size

Asia Pacific region is expected to hold the fastest CAGR in the forecast period

The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to exhibit the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the significant growth of the e-commerce industry in emerging economies such as China and India. In October 2021, Shenzhen Casun Intelligent Robot Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of automation machinery, launched the CASUN Intelligent Robot "Little Giant," which is equipped with self-deployed intelligent control to perform loading and unloading tasks in various industries, enabling AGVs to operate inside and outside of warehouses. The growth of the e-commerce industry in the region is prompting several e-commerce companies to explore opportunities in these markets.

The North American region is expected to demonstrate robust growth as it holds the largest market share in the automated guided vehicle market during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the increase in import and export operations. Warehouse operators are adopting automation technology to achieve maximum productivity and optimize warehouse operations. To meet the increasing demands of clients, companies operating in the region are introducing new products with advanced technology. With the help of automated guided vehicles, pallets can be loaded and unloaded automatically.

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size

Competitive Insight

Some of the prominent key players operating in the automated guided vehicle (AGV) market space include Egemin Automation Inc., Swisslog Holding AG, Daifuku Co., Ltd., Bastian Solutions, Inc., JBT, Dematic, TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION, Seegrid Corporation, BALYO, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., Kollmorgen, E&K Automation GmbH, ELETTRIC80 S.P.A., KMH Fleet Solutions, inVia Robotics, Inc., Fetch Robotics, Inc., Schaefer Systems International, Inc., Locus Robotics, Transbotics, System Logistics Spa.

Recent Developments

  • In March 2024, Kollmorgen, a global leader in motion control systems, expanded AKD2G versatility with the launch of new communication protocols. With the introduction of these new features, the firm has expanded its offerings to additionally support new synchronized communication protocols. Each of Kollmorgen’s new communication protocols undergoes rigorous testing in a variety of motion controllers.
  • In January 2024, the Daifuki Group, one of the leading players in the automated guided vehicle market, experienced a significant transformation as it underwent a comprehensive renaming process. The new initiative was aimed at firmly establishing the group’s name across all regions and countries of operation.
  • In October 2020, Box Robotics, a startup specializing in mobile robotics, including three-dimensional LiDAR, high-definition maps, and deep learning, was acquired by Seegrid Corporation. This strategic move aims to improve situational awareness for Seegrid's AGVs in distribution, manufacturing, and e-commerce facilities.
  • In March 2022, Covariant, a significant worldwide AI robotics business, and KNAPP, a technology partner for intelligent value chains, expanded their partnership to develop AI-powered robot solutions further and increase their market presence. KNAPP's picking robot, the Pick-it-Easy Robot, has been at the core of their efforts throughout their collaboration with Covariant on several projects thus far. The robot has proven useful in increasing warehouse productivity in various businesses to its versatility and capacity for handling multiple objects.
  • In February 2021, SafeLog introduced warehouse robots (AGV L1), which can carry loads weighing 1500 kg to 3000 kg and operate singly or in swarms. The robot has agent-based control, which enables users to forego investing in a more sophisticated central control station. Also, the autonomous guided vehicle is being used in intralogistics and production.

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 6.33 Billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 13.83 Billion


10.30% from 2024 - 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 - 2022

Forecast period

2024 - 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

By Type, By Battery Type, By Navigation Technology, By Application, By Industry, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Key companies

Egemin Automation Inc., Swisslog Holding AG, Daifuku Co., Ltd., Bastian Solutions, Inc., JBT, Dematic, TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION, Seegrid Corporation, BALYO, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., Kollmorgen, E&K Automation GmbH, ELETTRIC80 S.P.A., KMH Fleet Solutions, inVia Robotics, Inc., Fetch Robotics, Inc., Schaefer Systems International, Inc., Locus Robotics, Transbotics, System Logistics Spa.

The Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market report details key market dynamics to help industry players align their business strategies with current and future trends. It examines technological advances and breakthroughs in the industry and their impact on the market presence. Furthermore, a detailed regional analysis of the industry at the local, national, and global levels has been provided.

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The automated guided vehicle (AGV) market report covering key segments are type, battery type, navigation technology, application, industry, and region.

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market Size Worth $13.83 Billion By 2032.

The global automated guided vehicle (AGV) market expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.30% in the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is leading the global market.

key driving factors in automated guided vehicle (AGV) market are increasing demand for automation and material handling equipment in various process industries.