One of my least favorite aspects of driving is refueling. It may not be so bad in Jersey (where they do it for you) or on a beautiful spring day. Most of the time, there are better things to do; and sometimes, refueling is uncomfortable (blizzard), unhealthy (smog), or even dangerous (pick your scary locale.)
What are some of the ways a lack of crew are likely to affect refueling?
- The car could travel to an (attended) refueling station while unoccupied.
- The car will select the optimal refueling location. This might be based on route, price, weather, preferred tank level, time of day, club memberships, among other things.
- Alternate fueling methods. Currently most people refuel with liquid gasoline or diesel. A small number connect to the grid an recharge a battery. Could an automated car get a new battery pack while you are in a meeting? Could specialty fuels requiring additional service become palatable?
Just some food for thought.