old. Well, if the Dutch have their way, we may soon been seeing "Full
Serve," "Self-Serve," and "Robot Serve" prices at gas stations.Dutch inventors unveiled on Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the car on arrival at the filling station and 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, carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it towards the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.
$111K? Seems like, since you have to get out of the car anyway to "register" the car, this is a solution in search of a problem.
Oh, and they had gas dispensing robots working in the mid 90's. They just had to have special gas fittings on the cars in order to find and open them; a much simpler solution, but not as consumer-friendly.