A revolutionary new system of dispensing fuel at service stations was shown to the Press by the British Petroleum Company at Leavesden, Hertfordshire, UK, Jan 18.
CU PAN..Diagram shows queue of cars at single petrol pump while attendant makes repairs to the car at head of queue
TV Car at new petrol pump in showroom
CU PAN..New pump with two leads
RV Attendant walks to car
CU Receives instructions from driver
SV Walks to pump and makes adjustment
CU PAN..DITTO, type of petrol selected, moves to "Super"
SV Attendant takes lead to car's petrol tank
SV Inserts petrol
SCU Dials revolve and show "5 litres" and "3, 40 DM"
SV Attendant puts pump away
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Background: A revolutionary new system of dispensing fuel at service stations was shown to the Press by the British Petroleum Company at Leavesden, Hertfordshire, UK, Jan 18. Known as "Autovista", first units are expected to be installed within three months at BP service stations in Italy, and in British during 1961.
There has been little change in the basic design of petrol pumps since they were first introduced. "Autovista", however, separates the two main functions of the petrol pump - the hose through which fuel is pumped into petrol tanks and the dials.
The dials are positioned in front of the space where the car pulls up so that the motorist can see the quantity, quality and cost of the petrol without leaving his car. The hose unit is some feet behind so that the attendant no longer has to drag the hose around to the back of the car.
Various grades of fuel can be dispensed from one unit by pre-setting the dials. The motorist does not have to look for the right pump. The dials can also be pre-set for money value as well as for a required amount. The motorist can order, say, one pound's worth - and the flow is automatically cut off when this is reached. This is to save time and the motorist having to fumble for change. In countries were regulations permit it, "Autovista" can be adapted to a coin self-service system.