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Old 4th February 2015, 11:08   #1
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Default Volvo developing self-filling cars!

Volvo, the Swedish auto giant, is in the process of developing "self-filling" cars which would never need to visit a fuel station.

When the tank is close to empty, the car would automatically send a message (via smartphone) to a mobile fuel supplier to come and top it up. The supplier would have a secure one-off code to open up the fuel cap and fill up the parked car, while the owner will be elsewhere. The owner will have to pay for the fuel, though.


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The Swedish firm’s head of technology, Klas Bendrik, told the Mail: ‘The widespread use of smartphones is unlocking new potential in what you can do connecting a car with a customer.'The internet of things has hit the automotive industry and the widespread use of smartphones is unlocking new potential in what you can do connecting a car with a customer.’
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The idea is great, but how suitable will it be to see this becoming mainstream in the next 10-12 years?
There are two advantages of having a proper gas station:
  1. Safety: The inflamable material is safely stored in underground tanks.
  2. Convenience and economy: Multiple cars get filled up at the same place- reduces the cost of operation.
When you decentralize the distribution of fuel, you'll find that adhering to the safety norms can be very difficult. Also, will the economics of transporting fuel to an individual car work out?
This is a step in the right direction though.
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When the tank is close to empty, the car would automatically send a message (via smartphone) to a mobile fuel supplier to come and top it up. The supplier would have a secure one-off code to open up the fuel cap and fill up the parked car, while the owner will be elsewhere. The owner will have to pay for the fuel, though.
I wonder what the financial implications of this proposed idea will be. AFAIK, fuel stations are safer, cater to a larger number of customers, can store large amounts of fuel, and can provide a number of other services too. Maybe this strategy can be a part of some emergency roadside assistance services?

With all the running around required, I doubt whether there will be adequate fuel for the supplier himself
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This is primarily targeted at those people who are as lazy as the people who want self driving cars.
If you are so self important to drive to a petrol station to fill your car, hire a chauffeur or get a cab. You have not right to be driving yourself on the road.
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