Black ice is a very dangerous phenomenon and really important to know about. Black ice occurs during cold winter days, when the surface is covered by a thin ice that is impossible to see and therefore, can be very dangerous, even deadly.
Black ice detection system can warn drivers and therefore, prevent potential accidents due to the unpleasant weather conditions. The black ice detection system can be installed with the help of AutoPi and send audible alarms to the driver.
What is a Black Ice?
The term “Black ice” refers to a winter phenomenon, where a layer of ice on the road is so thin it becomes transparent and thus appears “black” from the road below.
This is a very common situation during winter times and can create hazardous situations for vehicles and pedestrians.
The phenomenon often occurs when the temperature is right around freezing point and when a light rain hits a road surface which is below freezing point.
Did you know?
Over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually.
The Bureau of General Safety in Maine (United States) has issued a list of things to watch out for when driving, this includes:
- Pavement looks new or dark
- Low-lying areas which can collect melted water that can refreeze
- Use seat covers
- Shaded road areas, where the sun can not heat it up
- Slow down
- Wear seatbelts
- Drive with headlights on
- Increase safety margins to vehicles ahead
- Avoid quick steering movements
What is AutoPi?
AutoPi is a small device that plugs into the OBD-II
port of your car.
It comes with an online cloud management platform, that you can login to from any device. From here you can setup your system and do real-time tracking of your vehicle telematics.
Black Ice detection using AutoPi
AutoPi has a lot of extension possibilities through one of its ports. This makes it possible to build and extend a lot of different things with your AutoPi. An example is this infrared temperature sensor from Phidgets Inc:
When the sensor has been installed in the vehicle, it is simply connected to the USB port of the AutoPi.
This is an example of how the AutoPi can be used to extend the usage and safety of your vehicle. We hope you got a better understanding of what you can do with the AutoPi.