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.