• Jan 12th 2008 at 1:34PM
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Westinghouse Digital had its PumpTop TV on display at CES. As described by the title, it's a flatscreen monitor that sits on top of a fuel pump. It gives the consumer something to do besides staring at passing vehicles while waiting around for the tank to fill. The unit is already in use at many gas stations throughout the United States. While the idea of being bombarded by even more advertising when out driving is not a pleasant thought, the TV network might be helpful in exposing folks to urgent news alerts such as bridge collapses, dust storms, or forest fires. In Southern California some pump televisions also display real-time traffic data in addition to weather, news and (of course) advertisements. While that can be useful info when trying to plan a route through clogged freeways, the downside of the PumpTop set is its poor screen visibility in extreme sunlight, which might explain why many stations equipped with the devices simply leave them turned off.
[Source: Engadget]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      they have had these in San Diego for months
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Shell station in my neighborhood inflicts on the user the latest Fox "News" drvel every time a person stops to fill up. It's annoying as hell.

      Gives me reason to shop elsewhere. I like Chevron better anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great, now they can fill my head with propaganda while they steal my money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        reminds me a bit of "Idiocracy"
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nailed it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to stream porn on that ! Pump gas and pump your fist.

      Bust a load b4 you bust your tank! winnner gets a free snapple.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Plus one on the pr0n !!!
        I'd stand thru the commercial to get to the main show !
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Sunoco station in my neighborhood already has it. It's pretty cool... a lot of sports news and regular news. They call it Sunoco TV.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My Chevron doesn't have TVs yet, but it does have an incredibly annoying speaker box that shrieks out advertising. The sound is horribly beamy and distorted and hurts my ears if I listen to it. There is a Mute button but I've never been able to get it to work and I've tried most of the pumps there. Therefore, I usually place my palm over the speaker area which effectively blocks the noise. They just opened a new QuikTrip (which is also supposed to be Top Tier for what it's worth) and I think I'll go there from now on because I'm tired of the annoyance and arrogance of the ad speakers at Chevron.

      If places start adding televisions I'll have to find the one station that doesn't and use it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I for one think that we have more than enough advertising to endure on a day to day basis. Still its a good system to make me want to go to another gas station.

      Or I could contemplate what to smear up on the screen so that it is unviewable. Cheese whiz..........nutella would stick real nice but peanut butter would do the same job and be more cost effective............
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Shell in my neighborhood spews forth the current Fox "news" drivel every time you stop to fill up.

      Gives me a good reason to shop elsewhere. I like Chevron better anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, they already have these all over the SF Bay area in California and have for several years. Not just Arco, I've seen them at Shell, Chevron, Valeo, 76, just about everywhere. Not surprising given that most gas stations are owned by independents....

      That said, they are really, really annoying, just as annoying as the ones in front of teller lines at the bank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "many stations equipped with the devices simply leave them turned off"

      You might try this at home with your own set for a couple of weeks. It'a amazing how much more enjoyable life can be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Indiana Shell Stations had this when I was in highschool. Quite a few still do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only pump-top sets I have seen have had Perky Katie Couric (reg US pat off) or other such network pap. There are fewer and fewer places where one can escape the glass teat. They infest airport gate halls, hospital waiting rooms, restrooms, dentist offices... The list is endless. When Kroger took over Ralphs in California, they put the infernal things at every checkout line, blaring ads for various products with flashy-blinky video, and the volume at annoying levels.

      I am not asking this with any sense of irony; I really DO wonder: are the public at large THAT addicted to TV that they can't go an hour without a fix?
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