Your next car may be able to help eliminate one of the annoyances of modern driving by eliminating the need to either stop and pay tolls, or invest in individual transponders that are good only for tollways in certain areas.
Audi AG's upcoming e-tron electric crossover will have an integrated toll paying technology developed by Gentex Corp. that is embedded directly in the interior mirror, and compatible with certain toll roads in the U.S. and Canada.
The crossover, expected to compete with Tesla, is scheduled to be unveiled Sept. 17 and is expected to arrive in showrooms during the first part of next year.
Vehicle Integrated Tolling adds another piece of electronic technology within the plastic body of the mirror module. Gentex, based in Zeeland, Mich., already encases its automatic dimming electronics, garage door openers and other items in its mirror systems. The auto supplier does not mold its own housings, but works with outside suppliers.
Audi is the first automaker to adapt the toll-payment technology, Craig Piersma, director of marketing at Gentex, told Automotive News. AN is a sister publication of Plastics News.
"We worked with a company called TransCore and we actually went and got agreements from all the different tolling authorities to be able to create one universal module that sort of emulates the protocols from all of these different tolling authorities," Piersma said.