Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Robotic Gas Attendant?

A company has developed a robot that is supposed to open the gas tank of a car, unscrew the cap, and insert the nozzle in to the gas tank. The price for each would be somewhere around $111,000 USD. That sounds like a lot, but if you didn't have to pay for any employees, that really would be a savings eventually.

Now, having said that...

I do have a lot of questions about the technology they are discussing, and I really have trouble believing that it would work the way it is described. It's supposed to look up the car in a database and based on that know which side of the car the gas tank is on, as well as where on the vehicle.

It's another one of those things that at the moment seems really hard to believe, but in ten years might be commonplace.

Link to Reuters Article

Not that this is really a big deal for those of us living in New Jersey, since we have full service gas stations...

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