Fill 'Er Up? Check the Oil? Check the Map?

Google is coming to the rescue of guys who're loath to ask directions. Now, besides choosing between regular or premium and debit or credit, gas station customers will soon be able to check directions.

In a partnership with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a company that manufactures and distributes gas pumps, Google will provide access to its mapping service at gas stations. Customers will be able to check a small screen for directions and scroll through local spots, including restaurants and hotels. After selecting their destination, drivers will be able to print out directions along with their receipt.

That kind of added service should help take the sting out of skyrocketing gas prices. The mapping service should initially be available in 3,500 locations as early as next month.

What do you think about being able to check directions as you fill up? Google is getting into the phone business and now the gas station business -- savvy spreading of its talons or slowly spreading itself too thin? Find me at llow@redmondmag.com and let me know.

Posted by Lafe Low on November 07, 2007 at 11:57 AM


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