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February 3, 2014 AT 10:00 am

The 1950s future is now! This robot can refuel your car while you stay behind the wheel

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Digital Trends has the story on this sci-fi futuristic robot that can pump your gas for you.

Looking like something dreamt up in the 1950s, or Pee-wee Herman’s Play House, the Husky Corporation and Fuelmatics AB “Automatic Refueling System” is a boxy robot that can automatically refuel your vehicle.

Using a highly sophisticated set of tools, including a suction cup on a steel rod, the ARS can detect your fuel filler, open it, and begin fueling with you ever having to get out of the vehicle

Husky brags the robotic fueling system A.) cuts refilling time by 30 percent and B.) is far cleaner than pumping it yourself, as Sten Corfitsen of Fuelmatics points out, “you don’t have to take the dirty nozzle.”

The system is designed for cars with a cap-less fuel filler neck, like most modern Ford vehicles, and a vacuum-based system clicks off fueling when the tank us full. Husky doesn’t say if it is working on an option for capped fuel fillers.

How does it work? The Fuelmatics video below shows a driver – Jenny Brown – pulling up, calling the number on the pump, and activating the fueling process.

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