Group wants driverless cargo truck route from Canada to Mexico

Robot truckREGINA — Trucks hauling cargo from Canada through the United States to Mexico and back navigate border crossings without the need for passports, visas or even a driver to steer them.

It’s an idea that’s not too far-fetched, says a group that met in North Dakota last week.

Marlo Anderson with the Central North American Trade Corridor Association says members are working to turn the idea into reality.

  • DD_Austin

    Good luck or Good Bribes

    The railroads can’t do this, and they own their own private road, not using a public
    road, they don’t need to steer, stop, and aren’t effected by winter weather.

    Make that really really good bribes on second thought

    No passport, visa is used to cross borders by trains, they don’t stop
    you need an I-94 which is harder to get

    • Frau Katze

      But the article stated that the whole reason for considering it is there aren’t enough trains.

      It costs a lot to lay track. And needs vary. They’re talking about oil in North Dakota. That is quite variable, given that Saudi Arabia is trying to put them out of business.

      Understandably, no ones wants to lay tracks under those conditions.

      They also mentioned the lack of pipelines…which now seem impossible politically.

      • DD_Austin

        it also costs a lot to lay down roads, at public expense

        The system could take 50x the traffic,easy. One train is equal to 100 transports, and uses a tenth of the fuel, and you can run trains in bunchs,

        During the american civil war the same argument was made, until
        the union put a railroader in charge, instead of running one train
        down and back, he would run 10 or 20 together down and back, and that was using steam with water tower stops and telegraph control.

        BTW I was a railroader with the CPR and the bottlenecks are only
        at the marshalling yards at start and finish, and even that isn’t a
        major problem.

        This article won’t pass muster with any experienced person, it’s just the thin edge of the wedge on running robot trucks everywere.

        • Frau Katze

          You could be right…I don’t know much about it. Time will tell.

        • Frau Katze

          I’ll keep that mind when I read these articles. They’re talking about 10 years in the future. A lot can change in ten years.

    • Rosenmops

      And trains do have drivers.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Use unused rail lines.

    • Frau Katze

      Did you read the article? There aren’t enough rail lines in the right places.

      • Ron MacDonald

        What about the one that have been turned into hiking/bicycle trails?

        • Frau Katze

          But presumably they’re not where they need them now for the oil in North Dakota.

          Lots of rail lines have been decommissioned. Those are former passenger routes. Freight trains continue to be in demand. Especially since the public has become allergic to pipelines.

      • Ron MacDonald

        I have a dislike for transport trucks, in Ontario the 400 series highways are overcrowded with them, at times it is nearly impossible to read the overhead and exit signs on side of the highway. They are also responsible for a lot of accidents, many trucking companies are owned by East Indians who employ temporary foreign workers to drive their rigs.

        • Frau Katze

          So I’ve heard. They need to build more pipelines but the green lobby just hears the word “pipeline” and goes nuts.

  • mauser 98

    also known as NAFTA Superhighway.. but that was impossible.. tin foil hat stuff calling and such 10 years ago

  • canminuteman

    It’s a great way to smuggle drugs. No one to get arrested.

    • Frau Katze

      Good point.

    • Alain

      And people including terrorists.

  • Brett_McS

    The impact of Driverless trucks on jobs, probably ten years away at most, illustrated in this map of the most common job in each state in the US:*FAOTYaCoYpUhjiAe3sjofA.png

    Article here:

    • Frau Katze

      It doesn’t look good from an employment perspective. It looks positively grim.

      • Dana Garcia

        Very grim.

        I am a tiny bit heartened by the attention paid to the new book, “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” in the liberal press. The author takes on those questions directly as the title suggests.

        Also, one of the white collar jobs on the robot chopping block is Journalist — so the scribblers are personally concerned.

        PBS Newshour did a segment on the book last week and posted a follow-up about reporter jobs later.

        • Frau Katze

          I’ve bought the book…now to find time to read it.

          • Dana Garcia

            I got the digital version, but really need the paper one to arrive. I need to mark it up with post-its and pencil scribbles for the full immersion experience so I can write a review.

          • Frau Katze

            I’ve stopped buying paper. I’ve got too many. I have a space problem. Sometimes you have to…if no ebook is available.

            You can do quite a bit of marking up with the Kindle with iOS 8. Highlighting in five colours. You can add notes. The display of your notes and highlighting in much improved over the previous version.

            I do miss post-its though.

        • Thanks. Will check that out.

    • A huge displacement.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just watch for the trucks with 300 Mexicans on top.

    • Dana Garcia

      Yes, lots of smuggling opportunities in this scam.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hmm. No cargo checking at border crossing points?

    • DD_Austin

      That doesn’t happen now

  • lolwut?

    Not only drug and people smuggling, but it would make stealing the cargo pretty damn easy.

    • Brett_McS

      Maybe the drivers get re-employed to ride shotgun.

    • DD_Austin

      It is, we used get raided by black kids in Detroit, they’d pull the pin when
      we were on the shitty american track at 15 miles per hour, bust open a
      random car and loot it if there was anything they could carry off.

      • Rosenmops

        You should write a book!