Gas Pumping Robot

  1. This would be so good, I hate putting gas in my car - I can't stand the smell.


    http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN0462768620080204

    Gas-pumping robot: what could go wrong?


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    EMMELOORD, Netherlands (Reuters)

    Motorists nostalgic for the time they could sit tight while attendants braved windswept garage forecourts to fill their tanks may yet see those heady days return -- compliments of a Dutch robot.

    Dutch inventors unveiled Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the car on arrival at the filling station and matching it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types.

    A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular petrol pump, carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it toward the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.

    "I was on a farm and I saw a robotic arm milking a cow. If a robot can do that then why can't it fill a car tank, I thought," said developer and petrol station operator Nico van Staveren. "Drivers needn't get dirty hands or smell of petrol again."

    He hopes to introduce the "Tankpitstop" robot in a handful of Dutch stations by the end of the year. It works for any car whose tank can be opened without a key, and whose contours and dimensions have been recorded to avoid scratching.

    Asked whether he would trust his car to a robotic garage attendant, Jelger De Kroon, filling his black Alfa Romeo at a nearby petrol station, said: "Why not? I guess I could keep my hands free and clean, but I'd hope they have good insurance."

    (Reporting by Alexandra Hudson, editing by Ralph Boulton)

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  2. Lol
     
  3. I love that I never have to pump. Our neighborhood gas stations are all full-serve. :upsidedown:
     
  4. Gee you're lucky, I haven't seen a full-service gas station since 1982.
     
  5. When we moved here, I was in shock. I don't know other areas of the city that do this. Yes, I know how lucky we are. Too bad we are moving.:lol: