Remote check-ups, 5G, robotics, augmented reality … will become commonplace in 2021.
In 2020, user behavior and business models have changed because of the epidemic. According to experts, until the post-Covid world, these changes will still exist, because users have adapted to new models.
2021, the world will see great strides in autonomous vehicles. Honda claims to mass-produce this car with the ability to drive itself without any user intervention. Tesla says the Autopilot feature can recognize speed signs, detect green lights, in addition to the previous automatic lane determination calculations.
Ford, Mercedes-Benz, GM and many other automakers have revealed plans to integrate many autopilot technologies in their cars in 2021. According to Inc , over the past time, a series of “billion-dollar” deals Among companies that specialize in self-driving have taken place, such as GM acquiring Cruise, Uber acquiring Otto, Ford acquiring Argo AI, Intel acquiring Mobileye.
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) take the throne
Covid-19 has pushed businesses to switch to remote work, leading to the need for communication and teamwork through AR and VR to develop in 2020. By 2021, immersive AR, VR technologies will be Application in all fields, from virtual assistants, maps, even in sporting events and performances, especially when 5G network technology is increasingly popular.
According to experts, companies in this field, such as Microsoft, Consagous, Quytech, RealWorld One …, will play a role in shaping the world in the near future when they hold virtualization technologies.
AI, robotics, IoT, automation are fast growing
2021 is the year when the demand for artificial intelligence will increase to a “huge” level, and at the same time AI and automation technology in industry will grow rapidly. When production and supply chains resume operations, the shortage of manpower will become more serious. Meanwhile, AI, robotics, IoT are the solutions to replace humans in manufacturing.
The demand for high-speed Internet is growing, along with the development of smart cities, self-driving devices, leading to the need for 5G and 6G networks.
By 2021, corporations and startups will invest heavily in infrastructure development for 5G, as well as build new applications and utilities that take advantage of this connection. 5G will spur the development of smart cities around the globe, supporting self-driving cars, or even unmanned ships.
Some companies such as Movandi are working on making 5G signals travel longer distances, Nido Robotics applying 5G to unmanned devices to explore the seabed, or Seadronix from Korea using 5G to operating self-driving ships.
Education, healthcare, remote work
This need arises during the pandemic but will continue to grow in 2021. During the epidemic, there were 190 countries closing schools, affecting nearly 1.6 billion people globally.
Some solutions such as Zoom, or Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, have helped users learn and work remotely. Many tools later evolved into a virtual office where users can study, work and communicate together easily.
In healthcare, many organizations have begun implementing remote health care services to reduce Covid-19 exposure. Many services enable doctor-to-patient video chat, AI-based imaging and drug delivery.
Statistics from IHS Technology show that the number of access to such services has increased by 50% compared to pre-pandemic levels. It also estimates that about 70 million Americans will use telehealth by 2020. The number of telemedicine visits in the US is expected to hit the billion mark by early 2021.