What Are the 3 Main Types of Robots?


There are three main types of robots. An easy way to remember these types is the acronym MAG:

Manipulator (Robots that have arms to manipulate the world around them)


  • Industrial robotic arms 
  • Collaborative robotic arms

Aerial (Robots that fly)

  • Fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles 
  • Rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles

Ground (Robots that move using either wheels, legs, or tracks)

  • Wheeled robots
  • Legged robots
  • Tracked robots

That’s the Market

These three types of robots account for 96% of all robots used commercially in the world today.

The other 4% are underwater robots … robots that swim.