The North - South Commerce Dilemma
One of the issues with the middle part of the United States reaching into Canada and Mexico is the lack of north - south avenues to move commerce. Rail moves east - west. Most of our major roads move east - west as well. So the challenge is to find ways to better utilize our north - south routes.
CNATCA embraces emerging technologies to facilitate better use of existing roadways as well as airspace. The Autonomous-Friendly Corridor would do just that, allowing someone to program an autonomous vehicle in Texas, for example, to deliver goods to Minot, North Dakota. With the shortage of long-haul drivers, safety concerns, and scheduling issues, autonomous vehicles will make much better use of our current infrastructure. Someday in the future, this will be commonplace. CNATCA wants to set the standard now and allow this technology to flourish in a way that will have a direct economic impact in our region.
How It Would Work
The Autonomous-Friendly Corridor will be an area designated and regulated for the use of unmanned vehicles in commerce. The proposed corridor would be 15 to 20 miles wide and stretch from North Dakota to Texas, possibly into Canada and/or Mexico. Land-based autonomous vehicles would be allowed to move cargo on approved roadways, and air-based vehicles would have to stay within the confines of the airspace provided.
An autonomous vehicle would get instructions and depart to a destination. Along the way, a series of Land Ports will have been developed within the corridor, approximately 200 miles apart. The vehicle could stop at any of these established Land Ports, where fueling stations, cargo disbursement, and vehicle service would be available. When the vehicle arrives at the destination, the cargo would be removed, new cargo could be loaded, and the vehicle could be given a new job. Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) would also be able to land and receive service at Land Ports along the corridor.
Someday in the future, this will be commonplace. CNATCA wants the corridor to set the standard and allow this technology to flourish in a way that will have a direct economic impact in the region. CNATCA is committed to championing the states in the corridor to adopt regulation to allow this technology to be used and flourish.