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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

Automatobus  
  An autonomous or self-driving bus seating a number of people.  

"Now you listen to me." I raised my voice because I was just too mad to be polite anymore. "When you turn off Sally's motor, you hurt her. How would you like to be kicked unconscious? That's what you do to Sally, when you turn her off."

"You're exaggerating, Jake. The automatobuses get turned off every night."

From Sally, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Fantastic in 1953
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Compare to the robotic conductor from Philip K. Dick's 1953 short story Paycheck.

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