Last month, TankPitstop was officially launched, a world's first automated fuel robot to actually work in practice. We can call it a smart robot since it recognizes the car's brand, model and type and is also equipped with a secure automated payment system.
"The TankPitstop is an automated fuel robot which allows motorists to refuel and pay without actually doing anything themselves. The innovative robotic technology will make refueling much easier. The system reduces the burden on the environment, enhances safety and, by fully automating the refueling process, makes refueling quicker and more comfortable."
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Maria van der Hoeven was first to use the TankPitstop which will soon be able to serve 80 percent of cars in the Netherlands. The idea actually came from the cow industry where robots milk cows.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.