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How Robotic Gas Pumps Work


The robotic gas pumps will work with all car models, no matter their shape, size, or gas cap height.
The robotic gas pumps will work with all car models, no matter their shape, size, or gas cap height.
(Courtesy of Fuelmatics)

What do you get when you cross a lazy driver, an industrial robot and a Dalek from "Doctor Who?" The latest addition to our phalanx of robot overlords, that's what! But this robot is a one-trick pony, which keeps it from developing the intelligence required to annihilate every species in the universe, which is what the Daleks are born to do. At least, we hope that's the case.

To get to the point already, this robot does one thing only: It fills your fuel tank faster and better than you ever could, puny human. "People feel that refueling is a boring necessity," said Sten Corfitsen of Fuelmatics, one of the companies working on this robotic refueling technology. In a world where kids these days are bored to tears by even driving, thanks to the availability of information and entertainment on their mobile devices, stopping to put gas in the stupid tank is yet another annoying break in an otherwise seamless day of data parsing. Why not let a Dalek put flammable fuel in your driverless car? What could go wrong?


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