A new app called Uproad lets you ditch the transponder and use your phone to take California toll roads

If you’ve ever avoided taking a toll road because you didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of a transponder or potential fines for paying late, there’s a new app for you.

Uproad is a brand new app that lets you take many California toll roads with just your phone – no transponder necessary. While I haven’t personally tested the system, I did talk to the company behind it for an explanation of how it works.

Here’s how it works: you download the app, sign up for an account and pay as you go or sign up for an optional membership.

The next time you take a toll road, you’ll get a notification on your phone with the amount of the toll. The total is deducted from your balance on the app or charged to your payment method of choice – credit/debit card, PayPal or Venmo.