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"I was driving a dynamite truck when I was 14 years old in North Carolina."
- Harlan Ellison

Autobus  
  Robot-guided public transportation.  

THE autobus turned silently down the wide street of Hydropole. Robot-guided, insulated from noise and cold, it was certainly preferable to traveling by hipp. But hipp travel was unavoidable from here on. The trip to Aquia verged on the wet side of the planetóthe side from which burst the mighty floods. So, added to steep, rocky drops, impassable by autobus, were the dank, muddy flats which only the hipp could traverse.
Technovelgy from Tidal Moon, by Stanley G. and Helen Weinbaum.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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The hipp are the ubiquitous riding animals of Ganymede.

Hydropole, south polar city of Jupiterís third major moon, Ganymede, was a chilly town at all seasons with its thirty degree Fahrenheit mean, and its variation of only ten degrees. But it was certainly the only settlement on the satellite that was worthy of the title of city.

Amherst had served four terrestrial years on the watery planet as collector for Cree, Inc., moving from town to town gathering the precious medicinal moss, to take it finally to Hydropole, the rocket port, for trans-shipment to Earth.


(Hipp from 'Tidal Moon' by the Weinbaums)

He was one of the hundreds of such collectors for the giant company, each with his own route, each picking his own way from town to town, riding his hipp (the sea-horse of Ganymede, Hippocampus Catamiti) through the wild torrents of the afterfloods, past mountains whose locked valleys were apt to spill countless millions of tons of water upon him with no warning save the crash of the bursting mountain walls.

Isaac Asimov fans may recall his 1953 short story Sally (1953):

"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?..."

"You're exaggerating, Jake. The automatobuses get turned off every night."
(Read more about automatobuses)

Another early mention is ascribed to Henry Kuttner writing in The Little Things in 1946:

Buses without drivers moved close to the curb and stopped at intervals. The lamp posts gave a different sort of light...

He hopped one of the robot buses when it stopped.
(Read more about robot bus)

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