Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Gas up and google

By Libby

This looks like a pretty good idea. For all those who are too embarrassed or stubborn to ask for directions, (read that as every man I've ever dated), you'll be able to spare yourselves the indignity of asking a live person and just google up a map.

As part of a partnership to be announced Wednesday, the online search leader will dispense driving directions at thousands of gasoline pumps across the United States 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. Eventually, Gilbarco Veeder-Root hopes to enable motorists to type in a specific address and get directions.

Sounds like an entirely useful function but it won't be nearly as much fun as getting convoluted directions from some fast talking local character.

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