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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
- Larry Niven

Surface Car  
  A specialized vehicle for traveling on a planetary surface.  

Compare this term to the more futuristic "aircar" (which first appeared in The New York Times in 1871!).

At the landing field itself, under the blazing carbon dioxide lamps, a small man drove up in a surface car, showed an authorization to the guard, passed into the burglar-proof enclosure.
From Satellite Five, by Arthur K. Barnes.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Yet another of the terms like like groundcar, post-crime and static house.

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