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Amazing gas pumping robots

February 28th, 2008

Dutch inventors recently unveiled the world’s first automated car refueling robot, the TankPitstop. Just drive up next to it and it will fill your car’s gas tank and collect payment – almost like a traditional gas station attendant but this is certainly much cooler.

Gas pumping robots

Some car owners might understandably feel uncomfortable about letting the cold metal arm of the robot touch their nice shiny cars. What if the robot punches a hole in the wrong spot and fills your car trunk with gasoline? That would be a total disaster, right? But the makers of TankPitstop say that the machine is equipped with multiple sensors and a big database that allows it to identify and handle 80% of cars correctly.

They didn’t mention what happens if your car model is in the unlucky 20%, but don’t worry, just trust the robot. Furthermore, the following video evidence does seem to show that it works pretty well.

Nice. I wonder if it can clean the windshield too. Hahaha…

Technology is really advancing at an amazing rate. Last time, I showed you a car that can dive and drive. And now, with gas-pumping robots around, cars might soon be able to refuel without the direct human involment… scary. It’s probably only a matter of time before these smart machines decide that they don’t need us humans around anymore.

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  1. March 1st, 2008 at 16:17 | #1

    One more machine to turn on us. This one can be a remote controlled flamethrower!

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