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

No Steering Wheel Autonomous Car  
  An autonomous vehicle without a wheel for human drivers.  

As far as I know, this is the first mention of this idea.

"I want to show you something new in the way of an automobile." "Nothing new about this," laughed Babson, scornfully. "One of our best and most familiar models."

"How about the steering wheel?"

"Where is it?"

"I do not need one. Sit down and make yourself comfortable. Now watch me. We are going into traffic..."

From The Living Machine, by David H. Keller.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1935
Additional resources -

If you want to be picky, the first mention of a car without a steering wheel is in Photo Control, a 1934 story by Bernard Brown:

"There are one or two points that I have not mentioned. For instance rounding corners. I suppose you have noticed that the car has no steering wheel?

"No?"

"This has been replaced by a simple right and left key switch.

Obviously, not fully autonomous.

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No Steering Wheel Autonomous Car-related news articles:
  - GM Introduces Cruise AV With No Steering Wheel
  - Elon Musk Foretells Tesla Sans Steering Wheel
  - Elon Musk: Production Of Robotaxis In 2024

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