Audi e-tron Will to Feature a Rearview Mirror With an Integrated Toll Module
【Summary】Besides being Audi’s first all-electric SUV, the new 2019 e-tron will be the automaker’s first vehicle to come with vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure from Gentex in the form of an Integrated Toll Module.
Calling the upcoming Audi e-tron an important vehicle for the German automaker would be an understatement. Besides being Audi's first all-electric SUV to take on the recently-revealed Mercedes-Benz EQC, Tesla Model X, and Hyundai Kona Electric, the vehicle is also going to be the vehicle that has all of the brand's latest technology.
Forget About Bulky Toll Readers
The technology part of the equation includes virtual mirrors and a 150-kW charging system that would allow the SUV to get a full charge in just 30 minutes – if its 250-mile range stays true for the U.S. Audi recently announced that the e-tron would get another piece of technology in the form of an Integrated Toll Module (ITM) that's developed by Gentex.
This isn't the first time we've heard about Audi's ITM, as the automaker provided information on the piece of technology earlier this February. But this is the first time we're officially hearing of what vehicle will have the tech.
The e-tron's ITM will provide owners with a replacement for built-in toll transponders. Americans that live in the Northeast are all too familiar with E-ZPass, which is practically a necessity for me to get around Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. But the ITM will also be a replacement for Florida's Sunpass and California's Fastrak.
Thanks to a toll transponder that's built into the electric SUV's rearview mirror and connected directly to the infotainment system, there's no need to have those bulky and unsightly toll readers on your windshield. The system logs tolls and handles payments without any extra hassle for drivers. If you want to pay with cash, the system can also be turned off. When the e-tron officially goes on sale, the system will be compatible with tolls roads in Canada and the U.S.
More V21 Tech To Make Life Easier
With a direct connection to the vehicle's infotainment system, the e-tron will give users a much clearer and more in-depth way of making adjustments to ensure everything is clear before taking a toll road. Through the infotainment system, users can change the necessary settings for vehicle occupancy and can make sure that they've paid the correct rate for the HOV road. They can also make sure they're using the proper toll network.
The ITM is another example of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology. At the end of 2016, Audi came out with V2I technology that alerted drivers when a traffic light would turn green to let users know how long they can expect to wait at a light.
The new e-tron is expected to make its debut later this month. Rumors speculate that the SUV will have 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. Range, as stated earlier, is expected to be roughly 250 miles, but that's on the European testing cycle. Pricing will come out at a later date.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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