Audi will be the first vehicle to launch with integrated toll-payment technology, when the Audi e-tron comes to market early in 2019.
The mid-sized all-electric crossover features a standard Integrated Toll Module (ITM) in the rearview mirror, allowing drivers to program it to various transponders to automatically pay tolls at booths in the US and Canada (though it may not work with all systems).
Part of Audi’s vehicle-to-infrastructure technology (V2I), the system can be adjusted through the vehicle’s MMI to coordinate with various jurisdictions, and can also be programmed to interact with high-occupancy lane fees.
ITM was developed for Audi by Gentex, which already supplies Audi’s auto-dimming mirrors. The technology is known to be compatible with existing tolling agencies on the continent, and can be linked to an existing account, or allow the setup of a new regional or nationwide account.
The technology will debut at the vehicle’s debut Sept. 17, with more details and pricing available at that time. At that time, people will also be able to reserve vehicles for $1,000. Three other Audi electric vehicles will join the line in 2020.