This pilot project is a joint initiative between Cintra and Infraestructuras de Portugal, IP, S.A. The Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes, I.P. is also partnering on the project, aiming to simplify paying tolls without the need for physical infrastructure or installing any equipment in vehicles.
It uses satellite positioning, so users simply have to download the app on their smartphones and activate it before traveling. They can also pay with a credit or debit card, and other options will soon be available for paying after the fact, like at ATMs or by M.B. Way, a Portuguese system similar to Venmo or Spain’s Bizum. These will enable greater flexibility and ease for users.
It’s had positive results since its launch, and users have shown significant interest. Thus, Satelise went into operation this October for those traveling on the A22. This expansion will give the company a greater volume of traffic data and information on user behavior. This will empower potential improvements to product performance in order to offer a higher quality service to users, as well as an analysis of the app’s viability and potential implementation in the Portuguese market.
“It’s highly important for the Satelise pilot project in Portugal to have a broader user base. This makes it possible to evaluate not only the technical aspects of the app’s operation adequately, but also commercial and business factors that will be crucial for analyzing its future implementation in Portugal as a payment method throughout the toll road network.”