Google Maps coming to a pump near you

Drivers without a navigation system in their cars will soon be able to get help at the pump… from Google. On Wednesday, the company...

Drivers without a navigation system in their cars will soon be able to get help at the pump… from Google. On Wednesday, the company will announce the distribution of driving directions at thousands of gas pump locations across the country beginning early December.
The pumps, manufactured by Gilbarco Veeder-Root, will allow for Internet connection, displaying Google's mapping service in color on a small screen. Users will be able to scroll through several categories to look up local landmarks, hotels, eateries, and hospitals, and print out directions to these destinations. The company seeks to direct users to specific addresses in the future.
"We think the service will create more customer loyalty for retailers," said Gilbarco Veeder-Root spokeswoman Lucy Sackett.

About 3,500 gas pumps will initially offer the service, and will expand based on retailer demand.
Making maps available at gas pumps appealed to Google because the Mountain View-based company wants to make its services available whenever and wherever people need them, said Karen Roter Davis, a principal business development manager for Google.

Thanks to Google's new high-tech offering, stubborn drivers and motorists can now pull up at stations and ask for directions without feeling embarassed, or fighting with their wives.

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