A Supply Chain Revolution Is Driving Mobility Innovation
The commercialization of air mobility technologies is closer than we think, and North Texas has positioned itself as the center of innovation and research development. Sitting at the heart is the world's most dynamic testing ecosystem—AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ).
What Is Unique About The MIZ?
The MIZ is a unique landscape built on collaboration and opportunity.
The combination of these elements connects people, places, and ideas that push innovation in surface and air mobility forward. By leveraging a one-of-a-kind infrastructure, the MIZ offers mobility visionaries full access to an unparalleled testing ecosystem, resources, and partnerships essential to comprehensively test, scale, and commercialize technologies.
Home to some of the most advanced logistics, supply chain, and e-commerce companies in the world, AllianceTexas brings together size, strategic location and infrastructure to allow innovators to test surface and air mobility in real-world commercialization scenarios.
Air Specific Facts
By 2026, more than one million drones could be carrying out retail deliveries globally, up from 20,000 today, according to Gartner. And while autonomous air delivery technologies are becoming more capable and sophisticated, there remains a specific market need for technological advancement to satisfy supply chain shortfalls and stay ahead of growing demand for the movement of goods and people by air.
The establishment of UAS Proving Grounds within the MIZ will allow for private and public stakeholders to accelerate the development and commercialization of UAS technologies while informing the future regulatory framework in suburban and urban settings. The MIZ's varying airspace conditions with low-and high-density environments creates an ideal environment to adopt a variety of commercial use cases. The UAS Proving Grounds provide public and private sector stakeholders with a unique opportunity to test, scale, and commercialize their advanced aerial technologies and mobility solutions to produce the desired safety and reliability outcomes needed to support rulemaking, standards, and policy development.
The MIZ offers a dynamic one-of-a-kind infrastructure:
- Complex airspace environment
- Alliance Airport ranked #23 in U.S. cargo operations, moving 1.7B pounds of cargo in 2020
- Two 11,000' x 150' parallel runways
- Onsite U.S. customs
- FAA Southwest Regional Headquarters
- Amazon Regional Air Hub and FedEx Southwest Regional Hub
- Private operational flight-testing center (located 4NM Miles NE of AFW)
- Available MRO facilities
- 5G connectivity compatible
Bell Textron Use Case: Leading Logistics and Mobility Into the Future
In early 2021, Hillwood, Bell Textron Inc., and the FAA partnered to demonstrate a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) package delivery in North Texas.
The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) flew across the MIZ from the AllianceTexas Flight Test Center through complex airspace on a four-mile route to Pecan Square, Hillwood Communities' tech-forward master-planned community in Northlake, Texas. The success marks major progress for Hillwood Communities, the MIZ, and Bell, showcasing the many applications of the APT as a logistics vehicle. It also demonstrates that the MIZ has the scale, infrastructure, and perfect testing space to support the eventual commercialization of air mobility technologies. In addition to fostering innovation, the MIZ is poised to cement North Texas as the global center for logistics technology and innovation.
The MIZ is the perfect landscape for next generation mobility innovators to transform ideas into reality—surface to air and beyond.
To begin your conversation with the AllianceTexas team, contact:
Senior Vice President of Aviation Business Development at Hillwood