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Robotic petrol pumps could be arriving sooner than you think

Combine this with self-driving cars and there’ll be no reason to do anything while you’re on the road.

Image: Huskycorporation/YouTube

WITH MORE SMART cars being worked on and self-driving cars slowly becoming a reality, someone has decided that petrol stations require the same treatment.

The Huskey Corporation, based in the US, has created a robotic fuel pump that will open up your fuel door and begin filling up your car automatically.

Infrared lights and cameras locate the door before a nozzle is extended into the fuel tank, before it starts filling up.

The company has partnered with Swedish company, Fuelmatics Systems, to create the robotic pump. The idea is that consumers will pay and make fuel choice selections on a drive-up screen or through their smartphone.

The pumps will cost $50,000 each, not including installation, which may put some stations off, but the makers say that the system increases delivery speed and is 30 per cent faster than normal pumps.

For those unsure how it will work, here’s the robot in action.



(Video: Huskycorporation/YouTube)

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