Audi's battery-electric 2019 E-tron five-passenger battery-electric SUV will offer hardware that allows drivers to electronically pay for highway tolls as a example of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology.
The vehicle includes the Integrated Toll Module — a transponder that's built into the vehicle's rear-view mirror that allows the driver to access select toll roads in the U.S. and Canada. Drivers can adjust the module's settings through the vehicle's controls, including turning it on or off and adjusting the occupant settings for HOV or HOT lanes.
The module was developed by Gentex Corp., a Michigan-based company that supplies automatic dimming mirrors to Audi.
Audi will release full details about its 2019 E-tron on Sept. 17 at a global debut in San Francisco. The midsize SUV will arrive at dealer showrooms in early 2019. It will be the first of three battery-electric vehicles the automaker plans to deliver by 2020. It expects 30% of its customers to purchase battery-electric vehicles by 2025.
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