With the autonomous car idea making huge leaps towards being part of our life, I wonder: where was it first mentioned in movies or a TV show? What is the earliest movie or TV show where the idea was mentioned?
I would like to know about actual autonomous cars, not magical cars (i.e. driven with technology, not magic), and only actual cars, not horses or airplanes.
In season two of the iconic TV series, Batman uses the Batmobile’s “remote control activator” to summon the car to come pick him up. The world’s first driverless car? ‘Fraid not—just a crew member crouched low behind the wheel. The Batmobile from the 1989 film of the same name had a similar feature.
The legendary car customizer Dean Jeffries put together the autonomous “pod cars” that some would argue stole the show in Logan’s Run. The cars were variously made of fibreglass or steel, and mostly powered by VW engines, save for one with a Chevy V8.
I am not sure it qualifies, but there is a radio-controlled car in the 1949 Film Serial "King of the Rocket Men" in which a car is remote controlled to by the Antagonist, Dr Vulcan, to assassinate a Scientist.
You can watch it on Youtube here, the Scene in question starts at 1:40