Robots and gas? What could go wrong?

February 5, 2008

robot-mirror-180.jpgA Reuters story says they’ve unveiled this robot that will pump your gas while you stay in your car.

Call me cynical, but I have misgivings about combining a multi-jointed mechanical limb, a high-end luxury car and an ultra-volatile substance used in making Molotov cocktails.


Uh, sure, robot.


Excuse me, robot, but that’s not my gas tank, it’s my window!

See, this dramatic story was not real, it was just imagined, to show why you may want to keep pumping gas yourself until this gizmo is perfected. OH DO NOT WORRY SIR THE GAS IS GOOD FOR YOUR LEATHER UPHOLSTERY…

Helen Long reports:

robot-360.jpgRobot pumping in Emmeloord, central Netherlands, February 4, 2008. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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What do you call a faulty robot pumping gasoline?

A bomb.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

I’m sorry…I don’t think my insurance covers disgruntled robot employee damage. I think I’ll pass.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

How do I PAY if the robot pumps my gas? If I have to get out and swipe my card, I might as well pump it myself! If the wacky inventor thinks I’m handing a debit card to a robot they are living in crazyland and dating Britney…

Posted by Dee T | Report as abusive

That’s not how it works, Dee. The robot just reaches into your car and takes a few things of value. Some cash, a wristwatch, a pair of earrings. Unfortunately, they haven’t actually been programmed to UNDO the backs from pierced earrings…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Do they not have locks on gas caps in the Netherlands? If I have to get out of my car to unlock the cap, why do I need a robot to pump the gas?

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

I wouldn’t be bending over to check the air pressure in the tires…

Posted by Nocturnal Bob | Report as abusive

Made in China

Posted by Nocturnal Bob | Report as abusive

In New Jersey, they make someone pump your gas. I’s sooner put my trust in ol’ rusty here than a highschool drop out ex-con. Of course, that’s just me.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive