This project aims to transform vehicles into mobile data acquisition units traveling along US highways and roads of interest by equipping them with sensors that gather road surface temperature data, which can then then be transmitted to a roadside base station (BS) unit using a DSRC protocol. Vehicle location is a significant parameter, thus it is likely a GPS system would be of value.   A road surface temperature sensor is simply comprised of an infrared beam sender and receiver. We propose that the sensor is placed on the vehicle, enabling it to analyze a received beam spectrum after it is reflected from the road surface. When comparing this spectrum to predefined models, the sensor will calculate road surface temperature to whether or not ice is present. The location of the vehicle will be recorded if an icy road is detected. The system output, then, will provide the DOT with the exact road location and surface positioning for ice along the road ways.

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