Google at the gas pump

Lost drivers in the United States soon will be able to Google for help at the pump. Drivers at 3,500 U.S. gas stations soon will be able to use Google maps at the pump. As part of a partnership to be announced Wednesday, the online search leader will dispense driving directions at thousands of gasoline pumps across the country beginning early next month. The pumps, made by Gilbarco Veeder-Root, include an Internet connection and will display Google's mapping service in color on a small screen. Motorists will be able to scroll through several categories to find local landmarks, hotels, restaurants and hospitals selected by the gas station's owner. After the driver selects a destination, the pump will print out directions.

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No mention of cost.
I doubt something that prints (uses paper and ink) and provides valuable info will be free of charge.

I for one would never use it.

I'm not really in favor of this, mainly due to the whole "content determined by owner" thing. I mean, the owner could choose to list only sleazy motels that he also owns, for example. Probably wouldn't happen, but that still is a possibility. It is like a fraction of Google Maps... Why would Google limit the usefulness?

Well most Self Serve stations have removed the pump locks
You have to hold the thing during the fill up
The last think we need is people staring at the pumps while a line builds
I think oneof the previous posters had the right idea
Put a PC inside the building

Cansokid said,
Well most Self Serve stations have removed the pump locks
You have to hold the thing during the fill up
The last think we need is people staring at the pumps while a line builds
I think oneof the previous posters had the right idea
Put a PC inside the building

Every gas station I've ever been to had and still has locks....and most are the new pumps, installed within the past 6-12 months.

They need to put them in store if anywhere, although this whole fiasco is getting a bit ridiculous. Whatever next, Goggle condoms; so you can find your way to a vagina?

not a bad idea, tho i think itll have alot of initial slowdown cause ppl will be like..hey whats that..and stand there playing with it
i think maybe putting them inside of hte gas station or somewhere that they can just park (outside of the line) to use is better
that way it doesnt slow down business, but enhances it

maps at the pump are nice but theyre no substitute for a gps
but its going to have alot more information, almost like a cybercafe , except the whole point of a pump is to get people back on the roads as soon as possible... what would be nicer is if they put stuff that cant go into a gps, like realtime views of the highway or something, instead of just having the google page in front of them and making them use different search combinations etc....

Yea. people are slow enough as it is in the UK. Let alone some idiot trying to use a computer at a pump. Then going in to do their weekly shop...

It'd be cool if you could put in the current price of gas at the station you are at and it would show up on all the other maps so people could tell where is the cheapest.

Seems quite counter-productive for the station you are at. However, being able to google best prices for, say, a specific zip code on your private laptop sounds feasible to me.