You can get groceries delivered right to your door – you can get a cooked dinner delivered – you can get books and shirts and shoes delivered. And maybe one of these days – those toilet-paper-delivering drones will finally be airborne.
But – how about gas for your car? Yes, that’s happening now too. Not here yet – but Shell is testing out the idea in the Netherlands, in the city of Rotterdam.
How easy is it? This easy: “It’s three clicks. You set the time, set the location and then it’s done.” That’s a Dutch customer explaining how it works on his smartphone, and yeah, that sounded like just two clicks to us also (but we think that third click is the “send” button).
The service is called Shell TapUp, and using their app on your phone (if you were in Rotterdam), you can order up a delivery of gas or diesel, to your car or truck, at home or at work, wherever your ride may be parked, when you need it. A digital fill-up.
This pilot program is to test out the tech, and also to see how people like it. The tech testing? That’s still ongoing. But the people test? It’s a hit.
And if you’re wondering, since this is the Netherlands – yes, Rotterdam has canals, but no, Shell doesn’t send the gas boat to your car. It’s a truck.
So get ready for one day and, “Siri, the car needs gas.”