Audi of America has become the first automaker to launch a vehicle-integrated toll payment technology. The technology will be available on select vehicles from this year.
The Integrated Toll Module, or ITM, is a toll transponder built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror, allowing drivers to access toll roads in the U.S. and in parts of Canada and Mexico. ITM expands brand’s offering of available vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity solutions and provides an added layer of convenience and aesthetic enhancement to the customers.
The mirror-based toll payment solution gives convenient access to the country’s toll roads while helping to eliminate windscreen clutter and the need to manage multiple toll accounts. Drivers will be able to adjust module settings through the vehicle’s MMI – including turning the ITM on/off and changing the occupant settings for HOV/HOT lanes.
The ITM was developed for Audi by Gentex Corporation, which supplies automatic-dimming mirrors for all Audi vehicles. The ITM technology is compatible with existing tolling agencies nationwide and can be registered with a driver’s current account, new account, or a nationwide tolling account.
The company had earlier also teamed up with the city of Las Vegas to showcase Traffic Light Information, a V2I system that warns the driver when a light is about to change from red to green.