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Robots are taking over petrol stations

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Robots are taking over petrol stations

Ian Kerr

We’re seeing automation encroaching upon every part of the postal and delivery world, from the post office to the last mile. Automation is disrupting other industries as well. Soon drivers in Finland will be able to experience fully-automated petrol stations, where robots will pump fuel.

Finnish petrol station network Neste is introducing robots that will fill up your car. The whole petrol station is automated, including a self-serve retail section.

Refuelling will be carried out with the help of a special robotic arm - check out the video below to see how it works.

To use the new system, customers will need a chip installed in the car to help the robot identify the make of car and its recommended fuel.

The new style petrol station is open 24 hours a day, and customers can buy snacks, fresh groceries, and car-related products.

“It will allow us to experiment and discover how this type of automated shopping concept fits the daily lives of motorists.” - Panu Kopra, Executive Vice President for Marketing & Services business area, Neste

Already, customers can use their mobile phone to pay for fuel at Neste stations. In the future, refuelling will be possible without the customer leaving the car.

Automation could also benefit disabled customers, who might find it difficult or impossible to use self-serve petrol pumps.

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