The Upcoming Audi e-tron Will Let You Pay Tolls Through the MMI System


If you frequent SH 45 or SH 130 in the South Austin area--or if you have to drive any long stretch of highway in greater Austin--you're probably familiar with the frustration of tolls. While a lot of toll roads in Texas are automated and electronic, removing the need to fumble for change or uncrumple dollar bills, it's still a hassle to deal with mail-in bills or electronic tag accounts.

But, there's a cool new future coming for Austin toll road drivers: Audi's all-new Integrated Toll Module (ITM) system, which will be introduced on the all-new 2019 Audi e-tron.

The Audi e-tron will make its official debut on September 17th in San Francisco, and Audi will be taking pre-orders starting the same day. That's less than a week away, so if you've been eyeing this new all-electric SUV, get your checkbook ready.

Audi is the first automaker to launch technology like this in a new car, upping the convenience factor for commuters all over the US--the ITM will also work in some areas of Mexico and Canada, and will likely continue to expand its availability. Since the vehicle-integrated toll payment technology is subtly located in the rearview mirror, it’s a virtually unnoticeable addition visually with a big impact

The ITM is also able to be controlled right through the built-in MMI infotainment system. Unlike other electronic toll passes, which involve online accounts or mail-in payments, everything happens right inside the cabin. You can adjust for number of passengers, which toll network you're on, and more.

This technology will roll out first with the Audi e-tron, but the automaker plans to start including the integrated toll-pay system on more of its models throughout 2019.


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