au·​to·​mat·​ed | \ˈȯ-tə-ˌmā-təd \

Definition of automated 

: operated automatically an automated process automated equipment/machinery a fully/highly automated factory

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There’s a reluctance to ride in an automated vehicle right now, but 15 years from now? Ashley Halsey Iii, Washington Post, "Most people expect driverless cars to become common, and they worry about it," 4 June 2018 This announcement also fits into Lyft’s long-range plan, which not only includes automated vehicles but an entirely electric fleet. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lyft rides are now carbon-neutral—what does that mean for you?," 24 Apr. 2018 And then there are automated vehicles and driver assistance technologeis. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Man With the Most Valuable Work Experience in the World," 29 Mar. 2018 Today, on the orders of Arizona governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Transportation commanded Uber to suspend its testing of autonomous and highly automated vehicles on the state’s roadways. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Arizona Won't Be the Last Place to Micromanage Robocars," 27 Mar. 2018 The Department of Transportation has designated 10 automated vehicle proving grounds around the country to test the systems, including the American Center for Mobility at the historic Willow Run site west of Detroit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Despite deadly Uber crash, self-driving cars must remain on roads," 23 Mar. 2018 The new Transit Connect has a virtual reality experience with automated emergency braking. Robert Duffer,, "18 things to drive at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show," 10 Feb. 2018 Such possibilities raise the question of just how far automated operations could spread to civil aviation. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 The robot advisers of today use algorithms to provide low-cost, automated portfolio-management services... Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "The Future Robo Adviser: Smart and Ethical?," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of automated

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of automated was in 1952

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obstinately defiant of authority

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