Nearly every new car on sale comes equipped with an onboard thermometer.
The Vauxhall Cavalier was one of the first cars I can remember to have one. How we all were awed by it.
Now, I can’t name a car that lacks one. Good job: I’d be lost without it. Serving my geeky side so very well, I look at it almost as much as I glance at the trip computer (a lot, then, for those who know me).
Which has given me an idea.
Namely, to embrace the in-car temperature gauge, plus the power of Twitter, to give the nation a new real time weather service.
- Take a picture of your in-car thermometer
- Compose a tweet of this image
- Include two hashtags: #cartemp, and your #<location>
Bingo: one real-time state of the nation’s temperature. Example: ‘Cold in the #Midlands today. <image> #cartemp. ‘. Simples.
It’s potentially even neater if you include weather meta data. If it’s -2deg C and the snow’s just starting, tweet that. In the summer, if it’s 30deg C but raining, tweet it. Weather geeks everywhere will revel in such real-time data.
I’ll be doing it from now on, usually early doors. Fancy starting a movement? Then start tweeting #cartemp and let’s get on the Met Office’s weather radar.
+ Land Rover app out snow?
+ My hit car colour is Pantone’s colour of 2012