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Gas Pumps running Google Maps

The Google LatLong Blog has announced partnership with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a leading producer of gas pumps, to bring Google Maps to “thousands of gasoline pumps across the United States beginning early next month.”

[…]make driving directions and local business information available to people at the gas pump. Access to local information is so vital to our users, and it’s especially relevant when they’re not at home or at their desks. In the same way that we worked with Jet Blue and Virgin America to provide Google Maps on their flights[…]

There will be about 3,500 gas pumps at the initial offer but will “expand based on retailer demand.” These pumps have small screens displaying Google Maps, which enable motorists to “scroll through several categories [of locations] selected by the gas station’s owner.” Google won’t include any ads along the maps, but they will split money with participating retailers by offering coupons from other merchants.

Gas station “emits a strong foul odor“.

Consumers can now display maps, find local listings, and even print driving directions and money-saving coupons from Gilbarco’s Encore … dispensers with color screens and the Applause … media system. The live internet connection means all information is in real time …

Consumers can view maps on the pump’s screen and locate their desired destinations. They can also search Google’s local business listings by category (restaurant, hospital, gift shop, etc.) to find the nearest choices. Once a destination is selected, consumers can also print the driving directions at the pump. Easy-to-read instructions are printed on the receipt printer, making it convenient to take them with them in the car. [press release by Gilbarco]

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