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"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
- Greg Bear

Automatic Ore Cart  
  An autonomous truck for raw ore processing.  

A procession of automatic ore carts was racing over the bleak slag, a string of rapidly moving metal trucks that followed one another nose to tail. O'Neill turned the helicopter toward them and a few minutes later it hovered above the mine itself.

Masses of squat mining equipment had made their way to the operations. Shafts had been sunk; empty carts waited in patient rows. A steady stream of loaded carts hurled toward the horizon, dribbling ore after them. Activity and the noise of machines hung over the area, an abrupt center of industry in the bleak wastes of slag.

From Autofac, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Galaxy in 1955
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