Studies show that on a hot summer day the temperature inside your vehicle will rise dramatically within just 10 minutes after you parked.
HeatKill.org reports that with an outside temperature of 27 C (80 F), the inside temperature could rise to as high as 37 C (99 F) after just 10 minutes.
The inside of your car becomes an oven roasting your interior. The sun will permanently damage the color and look of everything it touches, thereby degrading the value of your car.
Often people tend to leave their pets (or even children) in the car during the summer, if they just have a “short” appointment.
With the AutoPi Telematics Unit, it would be possible to design a system to automatically open the windows a little bit (like 5 cm) given a certain temperature inside the car. It would then be possible to automatically close it again, once the temperature drops.
How to do it?
We have also written an article about this specific problem. You can find there a detailed explanation on what to do and actual pictures as examples. Read the article here.
Simply choose the feature (add-on) you want to have and click on install. As easy as it sounds. In case you want to know more or are struggling with installation, please contact email@example.com.
Benefits of cabin overheat protection
This feature can literally save your pet during hot summer days. Even though this feature should definitely help your pet to stay safe, we do not recommend leaving your pet inside the vehicle during hot summer days.
The inside temperature can rise drastically in just 10 minutes and the consequences can be still fatal. While it’s a very helpful feature for your pet, it also helps to lower the inside temperature for you before entering the vehicle.
On top of that, it can help you even if you do not have a pet in your car. The windows can be automatically lowered down a bit, based on the temperature in your car. That can help to not exceed high temperature within your car.
Creating a Car Overheating Protection system
By creating a system that automatically lowers the windows in your car slightly, when the temperature gets too high, you can vent out the cabin and make sure the temperature inside is not significantly higher than the outside temperature.
This system could automatically ensure that the windows is not opened before a certain temperature is measured, and thereby not letting cold air out of a just parked car.
Since the AutoPi dongle has the possibility to connect external equipment or sensors, it is possible to connect an USB temperature sensor to it.
Any sensor will do, but an example is this USB temperature sensors from Yocto. It is very tiny and its location can easily be moved to the best location inside your vehicle.
The temperature sensor is the only external equipment you will need to create your own Cabin Overheating protection system.
Once the temperature sensor is connected to the AutoPi, it is easy to install your own software through the module configuration in the AutoPi Dashboard. It is even possible to find existing software modules through the AutoPi Dashboard.
The flow of the system would be:
- Temperature is measured using the attached sensor. This is picked up by the AutoPi dongle.
- Temperature is checked against rules predefined by the user.
- If the temperature is too high, the window is lowered slightly to allow colder air to get into the car.
- A messages is sent to the user of the car, informing about the preventive measures done by the AutoPi system.
- When the temperature drops inside the car, the window is closed again.