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Literature Review of Mobile Robots for Manufacturing



Michael O. Shneier, Roger V. Bostelman


Mobile robots are devices that can move autonomously to accomplish their goals. This paper provides a review of such robots, mainly oriented towards manufacturing applications. It describes the kinds of mobile robots that are used and what criteria are appropriate when deciding to make use of mobile robots. It also covers ways of localizing the robots, controlling them, and addresses their safe use in collaborative applications with humans. The standards covering mobile robots are described and the paper ends with a brief survey of more advanced vehicles and applications.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8022
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automatic guided vehicle (AGV), mobile robot, path planning, navigation, literature search, human- robot collaboration


Shneier, M. and Bostelman, R. (2015), Literature Review of Mobile Robots for Manufacturing, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created May 5, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021