Autonomous vehicles and robots that function without any human guidance have taken the tech world by a storm. On multiple occasions, it has been established that robots alone can complete tasks with more speed and efficiency when compared to humans. Researchers at the University of Gottingen, Germany, have managed to prove that this is not always the case.
The researchers performed an experiment where humans, robots and a mixed team of humans and robots were assigned transport tasks using vehicles. The research team simulated a process from production logistics, such as the typical supply of materials for use in the car or engineering industries.
The duration taken by each team was measured. The coordination of processes between the humans and the robots was the most efficient and it caused the fewest accidents. The results were published in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing technologies. It stated that the mixed team consisting of both humans and robots had successfully managed to beat the other teams.
Professor Mathias Klumpp said, “This brings a crucial ray of hope when considering efficiency in all discussions involving automation and digitization. There will also be many scenarios and uses in the future where mixed teams of robots and humans are superior to entirely robotic machine systems. At the least, excessive fears of dramatic job losses are not justified from our point of view.” In various fields of business administration, computer science and sociology of work and industry highlighted the requirements for successful human-machine interaction. Hence, it was concluded that companies should pay more attention to their employees in the technical implementation of automation.