Watch: Parallel Systems Tests Railcar ‘Platooning’ in California

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
According to Parallel Systems, its autonomous battery-electric freight cars “form platoons through bumper-to-bumper contact.” Traditional coupling is not required, allowing “freight to [be] sort[ed] on the rail network,” it reports. (Parallel Systems Photograph)

According to Parallel Systems, its autonomous battery-electric freight cars “form platoons through bumper-to-bumper contact.” Traditional coupling is not required, allowing “freight to [be] sort[ed] on the rail network,” it reports. (Parallel Systems Photograph)

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Parallel Systems on Dec. 20 released a video of its new autonomous battery-electric freight cars, which it said showed them “successfully platooning,” or “connecting with one another through bumper-to-bumper contact,” at its Southern California test track.

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