Thursday, November 8, 2007

Petrol Pumps to use Google Maps

One of the most renowned Internet companies, Google, will make its foray into petrol pumps now. Don't worry; it'll not be selling petrol! Instead, it'll be guiding drivers who use the services of petrol pumps.

Gasoline pump maker Gilbarco Veeder-Root is all set to start a new service wherein drivers at his petrol pumps will be able to get directions to certain important destinations with the help of Google Maps. These destinations will be the ones chosen by the gas station owner, after taking factors like proximity and popularity under consideration.

These petrol pumps have been provided with colour screens and Internet connections that'll foster better connectivity for travelers. These systems will also allow retailers to display promotional messages to lure prospective buyers. Touch pads installed here will allow drivers to scan various categories like restaurants, hotels, hospitals, attractions, etc.

All this will be made possible with the help of Google's mapping services. This service is expected to take off at more than 3,500 petrol pumps across the US by the end of 2007.

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