Team

Parallel Systems is a team of software and hardware engineers with experience reinventing established industries. Our heritage includes SpaceX, Google, Tesla, and more. We’re currently working with major railroad companies to deploy new technology, with venture backing. We’re hiring exceptional engineers who share our vision to create a cleaner, automated rail future.

Origin Story
Origin Story
Origin Story

A team of former SpaceX engineering leaders recognized an opportunity to decarbonize the freight industry, by increasing the utilization of today’s rail network. Parallel was founded by Matt Soule, Brian Ignaut, John Howard and Ben Stabler to reimagine the historic rail industry with innovative software and hardware.


“We founded Parallel to allow railroads to open new markets, increase infrastructure utilization, and improve service to accelerate freight decarbonization. Our business model is to give railroads the tools to convert some of the $700 billion U.S. trucking industry to rail. Parallel’s competitive edge is our autonomous battery-electric rail vehicles, which are designed to move freight cleaner, faster, safer and more cost effectively than traditional trains or trucks.”

Matt Soule, Co-founder and CEO, Parallel Systems

Our Executive Team
Matt Soule

Matt Soule

Co-Founder & CEO

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Previously Head of Avionics at SpaceX where he led a department of 300 people in the design and testing of space electronics

John Howard

John Howard

Co-Founder & VP of Hardware

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Previously Head of Batteries at SpaceX where he introduced lithium-ion to human spaceflight

Ben Stabler

Ben Stabler

Co-Founder & VP of Software

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Previously Head of Avionics Software and lead engineer for motorized actuator electronics at SpaceX

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