yb b ill Mahon e y , s he ldon d tobor , P u al P i sa no , b en Mc K e e v e r , a n d Ji M o ’s au n lli v nyone who has recently purchased a new car or of utilizing passenger and f leet vehicles as weather- truck knows that vehicles are now very sophis- observation systems. With 230 million vehicles on the A ticated and full of computer-controlled systems nation’s roads logging 3 trillion miles driven annually, and advanced consumer electronics. What many vehicles represent an unparalleled opportunity to people do not realize is that modern passenger vehi- increase the nation’s surface-observation network, cles contain data-management systems that monitor particularly with respect to the roadway environment. nearly every operation, from controlling engine per- In the near future, many of these vehicles will anony- formance to recording seat belt use, headlamp status, mously measure, record, and disseminate direct (e.g., door positions, and hundreds of other parameters. temperature, pressure) and indirect (e.g., wiper status, Most vehicles also measure air temperature and pres- antilock brake, and vehicle stability control system sure, and an increasing number have solar and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 2010
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