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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Auto Course-Finding Pilot  
  A device that not only pilots the craft, but will also plot out a course for you.  

...he herded Chuck into the parked hopper; its landing lights glowed and its turbine buzzed faintly... He reached up to turn on the auto course-finding pilot.
Technovelgy from Clans of the Alphane Moon, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1964
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I do not yet have an automatic pilot for my car; but it does have an auto course-finding feature. In fact, I get a choice of routes.

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