Dutch robot refuels cars automatically
A team of Dutch inventors has come up with a robotic filler which refuels cars without the driver having to get out of the vehicle.20 February 2008
AMSTERDAM - A team of Dutch inventors has come up with a robotic filler which refuels cars without the driver having to get out of the vehicle.
The Tankpitstop robotic fuel filler was inspired by similar devices used to milk cows, says its developer Nico van Staveren.
The robot registers the car on arrival at the filling station and matches it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types to avoid scratching.
A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors then extends from a regular petrol pump, opens the fuel filler flap, unscrews the petrol tank cap and grabs the fuel nozzle before filling up the tank just as a human would do.
The robotic arm costs around USD 75,000 and its inventors hope to see it installed at a handful of Dutch filling stations by the end of the year.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Dutch news