Misfueling is starting to become a massive problem. With recent reports showing that police around the country have wasted tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money by filling up their patrol cars with the wrong fuel, it’s not surprising that people are starting to pay attention.
This is why we find it fascinating that a young team won an award last weekend for their design of an app that would prevent motorists from putting the wrong fuel in their car.
The team from The National Museum of Computing entered their design into the Young Rewired State Festival of Code. This festival is the largest hack event in the world, is open to anyone under the age of 18, and sees around 1200 coders get together every year. It gives budding developers the chance to develop and apply their skills to real world challenges, using open data.
Eleven young coders were tasked with developing four different apps for tablets and Smartphone’s, which led to many of them being invited to the final.
The winning app was created by three boys, aged 10, 14 and 17. They named the app PUMPS – due to the fact that its aim is to stop people putting the wrong fuel in their car whilst at the pumps in petrol stations. Using data that is available publically, their app recognises vehicles number plates as they pull up to the pumps. It then links it with the data held by the DVLA to find out engine and model number, and communicates with the filling station to disable the pumps that aren’t the right fuel for that specific vehicle.
The judges were very impressed with the research and coding that went into the project, and thought that it had real potential.
What do you think? Would it stop you from putting the wrong fuel in your car?
We don’t know when or if the PUMPS app will come into play, as it’s still in the very early stages of development – it’s currently still just a design.
Luckily for you, if you do find yourself asking the question “Did I put the wrong fuel in my car?” the team here at Wrong Fuel can help you out. We specialise in helping drivers get back on the road after they have accidently misfueld.
If you do find yourself in this situation, please give us a call on 0800 634 9827 – we think it’s helpful to keep our number in your phone just in case!