Testing the new system comes as a partnership between The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch), and Ford Motor Company.
The vehicles will also be capable of communicating with roadside equipment to provide drivers with real-time information about roadway conditions including accidents, congestion, and lane closures, as well as changing weather conditions. The service will also provide a wider range of payment choices for customers and offering additional customer service features.
Kapsch will conduct the test by installing dual-mode / dual-active roadside units at toll gantries on the MoPac Express Lane and on the 45SW Toll Road. The devices will communicate with Ford “test vehicles” using “Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X)” connected vehicle technology. Test drivers will receive visual and verbal messages as they approach and pass through tolling points, Mobility Authority says.