Audi to launch first integrated toll-payment technology on select vehicles, as a part of the expansion of its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology.
The German luxury brand announced on Wednesday that the Integrated Toll Module, or ITM, is built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror that will enable it to interact with the outside environment, and allow access to toll roads in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Audi is becoming the first automaker to roll out this new system on select vehicles.
Drivers will be able to access the module’s settings through the vehicle’s MMI infotainment system for turning the system on or off, and adjusting occupant settings for HOV lanes.
They will need to register with a tolling of the state agency and receive the proper transponder to use a fast lane. Drivers can register with the technology through their current account, new account or a nationwide tolling account.
The Gentex developed new Integrated Toll Module technology eliminates the need for any additional equipment from local toll authorities. Gentex Corporation is manufacturers and supplies automatic-dimming rear-view mirrors all Audi vehicles.
Audi to launch first integrated toll-payment technology but fro now, Audi hasn’t mentioned which models will be equipped with ITMs, though the automaker is expected to roll out this system to some of the brand’s latest and most luxurious cars as standard or optional equipment. But according to a report, all-new 2019 A8 owners will get the first benefit of this new technology.
The company has not revealed the specific timing for the launch of the system but the 2019 A8 will launch this fall.