• Feb 5, 2008
Dutch inventors might have ushered in the return of the full-service station. Yet like so many other things being taken out of the hands of flesh and blood people, the new full-service could be an all-robot affair. The robot -- called the Tankpitstop robot -- is affixed to the bowser, and if it recognizes the make and model of car, and your gas cap doesn't need a key, it will open everything up and start pumping.

The creation is the brainchild of a gas station operator who said he saw a robot milking a cow, and figured that a robot could fill a car. Heck, if robots can build cars and fill their fluids, we figure there's no reason why they can't fill a tank. The question now is how to let drivers know that the robot knows how to fill your car. What you don't want is to pull up in your freshly-waxed ride and hear the robotic equivalent of "Hmmm, let's try this..." As it stands, the robot costs €75,000. No telling what a station's liability insurance will cost.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "What's this I hear about your part-time job, Bender?"

      "Aw, I got fired: the manager caught me sampling the E85..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess Americas' Reading and Comprehension must be at an all time low with some of the comments on here.

      Isn't Full-Service more than just pumping gas? This seems a little less than full-service to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont always hit the right hole at first try , why would i trust a robot ? no thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "All your octane are belong to us..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I watched that the other day actually. It was a Texico station.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This better not put diesel in a petrol car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Next thing you know, somebody is going to invent a Robot that will go to the bathroom for you. Enough already!!

      What is the robot going to do with the old school cars that have their tank behind the license plates? Just dump the gas into the open driver window?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It won't punch a hole in your car because it knows where the right hole is..

      "What is the robot going to do with the old school cars that have their tank behind the license plates?"

      Almost no car here has that...

      Video how it works: http://www.tankpitstop.com/index.php?pid=6
        • 6 Years Ago
        No thank you very much. I'm filling a car, not an SUV. In the time it takes that stupid robot to fill my tank, I could've filled it up and gone my merry way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was shocked when i had to get out of my car and pump my own gas when i visited Australia. Where i come from we still have people doing that for you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any one remember a particular brief sequence in BTTF Part 2?

      ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to see that thing reach through my window and caress my left leg as it pulled the lever...

      On second thought, maybe not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like my car without extra holes and dents. Thanks.
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