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"We each live in a somewhat unique world of our own psychological content."
- Philip K. Dick

Auto-Car  
  A personal vehicle for indoor and outdoor use.  

In the world of this story, most human beings had given up walking.

... the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia was filled with the usual throng of pleasure seekers, each in his own auto-car.


(The Autocar from The Revolt of the Pedestrians)

Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed down the long aisles, pausing now and then before this exhibit or that which attracted their individual attention... Finally, a boy stopped his auto-car in front of a glass case.

"What is that, Father? They look as we do, only what peculiar shapes."

"That, my son, is a family of pedestrians... This family was shot in the Ozark mountains. It is believed they were the last in the world..."

From The Revolt of the Pedestrians, by David H. Keller.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1928
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I think that this is a spot-on prediction of the increasing use of "scooters" by people who should be healthy but have given up walking for reasons of obesity or laziness.

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