semi·​au·​ton·​o·​mous | \ ˌse-mē-ȯ-ˈtä-nə-məs How to pronounce semiautonomous (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiautonomous

: largely self-governing within a larger political or organizational entity

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Five days later, the occupant of a top-of-the-line Tesla Model X with its semiautonomous system engaged died after the vehicle hit a highway barrier in Northern California, was hit by two other cars, and caught fire. Michael Hiltzik,, "Self-driving car deaths raise the question: Is society ready for us to take our hands off the wheel?," 3 Apr. 2018 There are already more than 200,000 Teslas on the road, and all of them built after early 2015 are capable of Autopilot, that is, semiautonomous driving. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "In Self-Driving-Car Road Test, We Are the Guinea Pigs," 13 May 2018 Even in Autopilot, Tesla’s vehicles are only semiautonomous, the company said. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Tesla asserts Autopilot ‘unequivocally makes the world safer’ — days after fiery, fatal crash," 31 Mar. 2018 The result could be semiautonomous warships that sail with smaller crews, putting fewer in harm’s way. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Warships Could Be Sailed Remotely with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality," 27 Nov. 2018 And semiautonomous driving technology like Tesla’s Autopilot appears to be a lower priority, perhaps not surprising given Porsche’s emphasis on the driving experience. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 The two front-runners are Barham Salih, a former prime minister of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, and Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to former President Masoud Barzani. Ghassan Adnan And Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iraq Lawmakers Delay Vote to Elect New President," 1 Oct. 2018 The agency said the fire, which may have been exacerbated by the vehicle's battery, is the focus of the investigation, not the vehicle's semiautonomous system. Peter Holley,, "Video shows Tesla bursting into flames on Los Angeles street 'out of the blue'," 18 June 2018 In recent months, Tesla has faced increasing scrutiny about the performance of its semiautonomous Autopilot feature, production delays and the company's financial health. Peter Holley,, "Video shows Tesla bursting into flames on Los Angeles street 'out of the blue'," 18 June 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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