The Gas Station's Digital Future Is Around The Corner

Self-driving autos, mobile apps, and connected vehicles disrupt oil and gas’ retail business

This article is adapted from one that first appeared in Forbes.

Can you picture a day when you never have to pump gasoline at the service station? You won’t even have to get out of the car. It’s not because they’ve hired more gas station attendants.

One futuristic vision is to have short-distance drones deliver pre-ordered snacks or packages while the driver waits in the car

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 selfdriving, you should be able to remain happily ensconced in your bed or at your computer while your car buys the gas without you even being there.

This is the future for service stations and gasoline consumers. Today, comparison apps may seem high-tech for your neighborhood favorite, but within the next decade or two, the gas station around the corner will likely be catering to everything from hybrids, to autonomous cars, to electric vehicles, to car shares – and selling them a lot more than just regular and premium.


About authors

Eric Nelsen is a Chicago-based partner, Irfan Bidiwala is a Houston-based partner, Alex Kirov is a New York-based principal, and Tom Shyr is a Dallas-based engagement manager in Oliver Wyman's Energy practice. Bryan Yamhure Sepúlveda is a New York-based senior consultant in the Core Consultancy practice.

The Gas Station's Digital Future Is Around The Corner