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"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
- Larry Niven

Gyro Two-Wheeled Truck  
  A gyroscopically-stabilized truck with just two wheels.  

Now Alexander saw that the two-wheeled truck was still waiting, backed up to the loading platform...

The Gyro was one of the air-driven Robling types, very simple, vey reliable, the flywheel driven by a tiny stream of air impinging on the peripheral turbine blades. Once it was in motion, very little air was needed to keep the heavy rotor turning at a high enough velocity to stabilize tha truck.

From The Sign of the Tiger, by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer).
Published by Amazing Science Fiction Stories in 1958
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Compare to the tumblebugs from Robert Heinlein's 1940 novella The Roads Must Roll.

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