Robot fuel pump unveiled in Europe


Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 2:51 pm
By: News 9


NEWS 9 and CBS NEWS

Dutch inventors unveiled a $75,000 euro car-fuelling robot on Monday. If the robot becomes a big seller, drivers may never have to get their hands dirty at the pump again.

When the car pulls into a gas station, the robot registers the car, matching it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types.

A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular gas pump, opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it towards the tank opening-- similuating the motions of a human arm.

The developer hopes to introduce the "Tankpitstop" robot in a handful of Dutch stations by the end of the year.