The gigantic step between filling up your own gas tank and letting a machine do it for you has been a long time coming, but a cooperative effort between Husky and Fuelmatics has finally produced an automatic fuel-filling robot. The technology was demonstrated at the 2013 Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) convention in Atlanta.

After the robot locates the fuel filler cap and uses a suction cup to open it, the machine then inserts one of three nozzles into the vehicle's fuel neck through a capless insert (which is becoming more common in modern vehicles) and begins fueling. Once the tank is topped off, fueling stops via a vacuum-based shutoff system. Pump time is reduced by 30 percent using the robot, according to Husky.

"We feel this will be a great product for the future," says Peter Ward of Glasgow Equipment Services, a former president of PEI. But don't take his (or our) word for it, watch the auto pump for yourself in the video we included below. Then feel free to post your opinion in Comments.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I suppose this can be helpful for the elderly or disabled.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what engineers should be working on instead of useless garbage? Interior door panels that do not scuff with boots but most importantly, clearcoat that does NOT scratch so easily. Thats what I am looking for.
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        There are materials that essentially make clearcoats self-repairing for light scratches. I think they are "self-levelling clearcoats"
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Peter_G
          Well I need that on my Grand Cherokee now lol.
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be much happier if they found a way to rid the world of all slow pumps and pumps that are missing the clip to lock the pump on
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will catch on just in time for electric cars.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        You could say it's a response to electric cars that don't have to fuel frequently at all. I thought I saw some recent advertising using not having to get out at gas stations very often as a selling point. In any case, years ago there were full service lanes in Indiana, so I just view this as something that would be at one or two pumps at certain stations for those that wanted it, while everyone else would fill up the old fashioned way* (*depending on your state).
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        Yeah, just a little late to the game they are.
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      Already got this in Jersey.
      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      In cheesy British accent... "Does THAT make you horny?"
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could see one of those angry robots from iRobot coming out and yelling at you if you don't don't play by it's rules..
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Shell station near me had a thing like this maybe 15 to 20 years ago. It didn't work out so well. I doubt this thing will take off anytime soon. Fantastic idea tho!
      deus ex wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thank you. I do not need any Daleks probulating my car. GASOLINATE! GASOLINATE!
      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      what if your car is dirty wont the fuel door plunger scratch your paint? Would like to see the fuel door after a couple of years.
        Yeah yeah
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Plus, most current cars have an interior release for the fuel door. When the plunger pushes against it, the door will just latch closed again. Then again, most cars don't have capless inserts yet either, so I guess it will have to be a matter of making new cars compatible with the system if it is going to work.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      As if Americans couldn't get any fatter. All we need now is escalators to transport people from their couch to the garage.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        Cuz it's an enormous amount of physical activity to heave out of your car and stand there while it fills.
      l9t8z
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya know, evvvvvvvvverything does not need to be automatic. It is making people lazier than ever. I see one thing coming from this. Alot of lawsuits over scratched gas caps. I dont care how safe it would claim to be, a suction cup on a dirty paint surface=marring.
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