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Car: Snow

automatic snow removal from car
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i hate snow on my car. but ever notice after driving your car and pulling it into the driveway while its snowing, an hour later there is no snow on your car?! locate a small snow sensor near car hood or window, connected to the car's computer. the sensor triggers the ignition to start the engine and keep it running for, say, about 10 minutes. if it continues to snow, it triggers again. the triggering could also actuate the car locks, alarm, etc., if needed. concerned about gas? -- well when it snows outside its relatively warm, so you probably expend much energy anyways getting rid of the snow and ice by warming up the car later when it reaches 0 degrees.
jasoncontelle, May 12 2005

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       Why don't you just imbed some high resistance wiring into the body of the car, and have that respond to your snow sensor? Hell, I'm not even sure that would work, but turning your car on and off all the damn time is NOT a good idea, sorry.
daseva, May 12 2005
  

       [Daseva] For a few weeks in the deepest of winter turning your car on and off a handful of times in a row won't do much, esspecially if programmed not to do this between midnight and 6 a.m. Since we wouldnt be driving those hours in the snow anyway. The beauty of this idea is that it is retrofittable to almost any car ever, and certainly cheaper and more implementable than the coil idea you suggested.
Blumster, May 12 2005
  

       Ah, the wonders of advertising. Wait, what?
SpocksEyebrow, May 12 2005
  

       Exists, but not with a "snow sensor." In the cold depths of Alaska, products are in use which monitor the engine block temperature. Once the temperature drops below a certain set limit, the engine automatically starts and warms up to a pre-set temperature.
contracts, May 12 2005
  

       You know you can actually put this idea in //Car: Snow//, right?
Acme, May 13 2005
  

       Aw, c'mon, "business: advertising" is so much more surreal.
DrCurry, May 13 2005
  

       [DrCurry] laugh-out-loud. Ah, I'm glad I found this place.
SpocksEyebrow, May 13 2005
  

       [contracts] I thought they used plug in block heaters?
Zimmy, May 13 2005
  

       Yeah, good point Blumster... I was just getting off a bender when I wrote that, if there's any consolation in your knowledge of such things...   

       Surreal categorization is so April.
daseva, May 13 2005
  
      
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