Music, Spies And Exact Change: The Strange History Of Electronic Tolls
September 15, 2016
Cardullo wanted to demonstrate an electronic toll collection device on the George Washington Bridge. The prototype was the size of two packs of cigarettes.
“The first thing they [said] to me was, ‘Well, nobody will ever put that on the window of their car, it’s too big,’ ” Cardullo remembers.
He reassured them he could make it smaller. But the Port Authority passed.
Cardullo’s patent expired in 1990 — and that’s when electronic toll collecting exploded.