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Auto supplier driving toll road technology into Canada and Mexico

April 28, 2017
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Zeeland-based Gentex, founded in 1974, is a diversified maker of products for the automotive, aviation and fire industries. Courtesy Gentex

An auto supplier in the area is expanding its toll road technology to Canada and Mexico after launching it in the U.S.

Zeeland-based Gentex, which makes automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and other automotive electronics, said this week its Integrated Toll Module, or ITM, is now compatible with toll roads across the countries.

The product consists of a universal toll transponder that automakers can integrate into new vehicles via Gentex’s electronic rearview mirrors.

Gentex said ITM "simplifies and expedites" local, regional, national and international travel, by enabling motorists to drive on all toll roads in the U.S., Canada and Mexico without a traditional toll tag on the windshield.

It also means motorists no longer need multiple toll tags for different regions of the country nor do they have to manage multiple toll accounts.

Automakers can also combine ITM account registration, payments and functionality settings with their existing vehicle-integrated telematics services.

Nashville, Tennessee-based TransCore, a supplier of tolling and traffic management solutions, developed the technology.

Gentex and TransCore have an exclusive agreement that allows Gentex to integrate TransCore’s UTM technology into automobiles.

“Gentex’s ITM enables the car owner to enjoy a hassle-free driving experience using managed lanes and toll roads," said Steve Downing, SVP and CFO, Gentex.

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