Parallel Systems is developing a highly scalable system of rechargeable electric rail vehicles to enable existing railroads to economically serve the short-haul market. This system will include all associated software including vehicle control, dispatch software, fleet management, and terminal operations. These independent rail cars would simplify terminal operations, enabling significantly more competitive services at congested ports, and unlock the construction of smaller inland terminals leading to more resilient freight infrastructure. The Parallel Systems team will focus on three key innovations: (1) contact-based platooning (linking of two or more vehicles in a convoy using wireless communications and sensor technology); (2) vehicle stability on track; and (3) autonomous hazard avoidance.
Parallel Systems aims to increase the railway’s market share far beyond its present 25B miles of intermodal to reduce freight’s greenhouse gas emissions, offset diesel imports, and improve public safety.