Okay, this is a technology I need. As a car journalist, I’m often leaving my NJ EZ-Pass toll tag in press cars and forgetting to put it back in my personal car. I then end up accruing violations because I forget that I forgot it and drive through the EZ-Pass lanes. Now, Audi has a tech that can help me with my boneheaded stupidity, a built-in, toll-paying module that manages your different toll accounts and allows you to ditch the little electronic toll tags that come with said accounts. And this toll-paying tech will be available on the Audi e-tron, an industry-first.
It’s called the Integrated Toll Module (ITM) and it’s a little transponder built into the rear-view mirror, thus ridding any clutter on your dashboard. Through the MMI screen, you can setup and manage different toll accounts, so that you never have to switch the tags if, say, you drive through multiple states often. You can also adjust occupant settings for HOV/HOT lanes. This would help me so much, I might sell a kidney for an e-tron.
The Audi e-tron will be revealed on September 17 and this tech will be available immediately upon its launch in the first quarter of 2019. However, it won’t work with all toll roads right away, as V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) technology will need to be implemented further.
This new tech is just icing on the very high-tech cake that is the e-tron. With up to 245 miles of all-electric range, side cameras for mirrors and three levels of regenerative braking, the Audi e-tron is going to be a technology powerhouse. Plus, Audi has already implemented other V2I technology, including the Traffic Light Information system. We will be on hand at the Audi e-tron reveal in San Francisco and we’ll be bringing you more coverage of it and its new technology.