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"Everything starts as somebody's daydream. And, when you're daydreaming, it is science fiction. It's when you start work out how you put it together, true science fiction becomes real science."
- Larry Niven

Self-Propelled Road Mine  
  A small, lightweight mine able to travel at highway speeds; guides itself to a marked target.  

The bad guys want Kirstie Alley dead - and they've bugged her purse with a tracer that can be picked up by small, autonomous, car-launched self-propelled road mines.


(Runaway road mine on the move)

From Runaway, by Michael Crichton.
Published by Tri-Star Pictures in 1985
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Here's a view of the launching process - just drop it through a convenient hole in the bottom of your car.


(Runaway road mine on the move)

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