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Audi Trials New Models That Can Pay Their Own Way

The ‘Audi connect wireless payment' pilot project enables cars and car parks to communicate with each so  drivers can enter, exit and pay for parking without setting foot outside their cars.

The ‘Audi connect wireless payment’ pilot project enables cars and car parks to communicate with each so drivers can enter, exit and pay for parking without setting foot outside their cars.


Audi wireless parking pilot project could make hunting for loose change and lost tickets a thing of the past.

Audi are currently working on technology that could mean no more going through the rigmarole of grabbing a ticket going into a car park, keeping that ticket safe until departure and then fumbling for loose change or cards for parking payment with children and shopping in tow.

Through the ‘Audi connect wireless payment’ scheme a communication link is established between cars and car parks, enabling barriers to be raised and charges to be paid without drivers needing to lift a finger.

The trial phase for Audi connect wireless payment is currently getting under way in Ingolstadt, Germany.  The project will involve up to 13,000 connected test cars and the long term aim is to offer wireless payment as part of a complete Audi Connect Option which already includes internet-based services such as Google Earth, Google Street View, local fuel pricing, news and weather information to Audi models.

During the trial phase, each car will communicate with the parking facilities via an individual transmitter, the number of which is entered into an online portal by each driver to register for the service. The wireless transponder providing the link with each car is mounted on the inside of the windscreen.

 

Geraldine Herbert

11th June, 2013

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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