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Gas-Pumping Robot

Dutch inventors unveiled 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 petrol pump, carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it toward the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.

It works for any car whose tank can be opened without a key, and whose contours and dimensions have been recorded to avoid scratching.

Video: LiveLeak
Source: Reuters
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