semi·au·ton·o·mous | \ˌse-mē-ȯ-ˈtä-nə-məs, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiautonomous 

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

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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 Wynn, which has large exposure to the semiautonomous Chinese gambling enclave, saw its stock fall 7.9% on Monday after Macau reported revenue growth of 12.5%, below an expected 18%. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 6 July 2018 In fact, drones will soon be interplanetary: NASA recently announced a plan to send semiautonomous robot helicopters to Mars. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 There has been a recent string of headlines regarding crashes involving autonomous or semiautonomous driver-assistance systems that can brake automatically to avoid an accidents. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "SoftBank’s Son: Still Weighing Options on Sale of Flipkart Stake," 15 May 2018 Last year, Somaliland, a stable and semiautonomous region in the country’s north, signed a deal with DP World, a port management company based in the Emirates, to operate the port of Berbera. Jina Moore, New York Times, "Crisis Averted in Somalia’s Parliament, but Tensions Simmer," 4 Apr. 2018 Much of it comes from Asia, but also Zanzibar, a semiautonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Karen J. Coates, The Christian Science Monitor, "Warming waters hurt Zanzibar's seaweed. But women farmers have a plan.," 21 May 2018 This photo provided by Nissan shows a 2018 Nissan Rogue, which is available with a semiautonomous driving system called ProPilot Assist. Washington Post, "Edmunds examines 3 semi-autonomous driving systems," 16 May 2018 Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk recently said that users of its Autopilot semiautonomous driving system can become complacent about keeping their eyes on the road. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "SoftBank’s Son: Still Weighing Options on Sale of Flipkart Stake," 15 May 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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