"I think we could solve our problems more easily through strength of character; but that's always been a commodity in extremely short supply."
Pretty early description of an autonomous truck (I don't know of an earlier one).
Compare to the electrotruck from The Corkscrew of Space (1956) by Poul Anderson. Also, see the entries for the automatic automobile from David H. Keller's 1935 story The Living Machine, the Camden Speedster from Robert Heinlein's serialized 1941 novel Methuselah's Children and the Automatic Control Car from Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth (1976).
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