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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Self-Guided Tractors  
  A farm vehicle that drives itself.  

Five miles above the sunlight tube, the sky was a patchwork of small squares, split by a central wedding ring of lake and by tributary rivers, a sky alive with the tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.
From At the Bottom of a Hole, by Larry Niven.
Published by Galaxy Magazine in 1966
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Compare to the robomule (1965) from Bill the Galactic Hero, by Harry Harrison.

SF fans at the movies are ready with their favorite example of autonomous combines - take a look at these beauties from the recent 2015 hit movie Interstellar.


(Autonomous combines in Interstellar)

Also compare to the field-minder From Who can Replace a Man (1963) by Brian Aldiss.

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  - CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept Video
  - Multi-Robot Farming On Highly Sloped Land

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