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"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)."
- Gregory Benford

Driverless Taxi  
  A taxi that does not require a driver.  

This is probably the first mention of this idea.

It is safe to say that the new model almost revolutionized America in more ways than one. in New York alone, three hundred taxi men were killed before the rioting started by the introduction of the new car as a driverless taxi was finally introduced. But the public wanted the new cars. They were tired of the Pirates of Broadway. It was a relief to enter one of the comfortable autos, whisper a direction down the tube, and just know that you would be taken to your destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest manner.
From The Living Machine, by David H. Keller.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1935
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The robotic or automated taxi is a frequently explored theme in sf; see Tin Cabby from Cities in Flight [1957], the autocab from Between Planets [1951] and the autonomic cab from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch [1964].

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