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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

AutoM8  
  A remote-controlled automobile.  

The AutoM8s are typically standard cars, but are equipped with additional hardware and software so they can be completely controlled remotely. The Daemon, a machine intelligence, can drive these cars wirelessly.

Suddenly, the car engine roared into life. It revved several times. The wheels turned left, then right.

Khan grinned. "It's alive! Bu-wahhahahah!"

Suddenly the car's engine raced, and it laid down rubber, accelerating madly along the asphalt track...

The Lincoln was weaving from side to side, then it suddenly slammed on the brakes and screeched to a halt. It peeled out suddenly again and went into a power slide, whipping its tail around. It roared forward again, building up speed on the straightaway, then wrenched its wheels into another slide, and came out facing in the other direction - still accelerating into a bootlegger reverse.

McCruder smiled. "It's testing the properties of the car."

From Daemon, by Daniel Suarez.
Published by Dutton in 2009
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In the novel, these cars are referred to collectively as AutoM8s.

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