It’s not because they’ve hired more gas station attendants. It’s because the pump and the car can communicate with each other, work together to select your preferred fuel, and fill the tank without the driver being involved. Like gliding through E-ZPass, you’d be paying with a cloud-connected app that, by then, may be standard on most autos.
If your vehicle is self-driving, you should be able to be happily ensconced in your bed or at your computer while your car buys the gas without you even being there.
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Source: Oliver Wyman analysis
Irfan Bidiwala is a Houston-based partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice, and Eric Nelsen is a Chicago-based partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice.
Alex Kirov, Tom Shyr, and Bryan Yamhure Sepúlveda contributed to this article and the research it’s based on.
This article first appeared in Forbes.