"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
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.
In the novel, these cars are referred to collectively as AutoM8s.
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