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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For many in the local film industry, the case is emblematic of how Hong Kong, a semiautonomous city of about seven million, is struggling to maintain its cultural influence at a time when Beijing’s soft power is increasingly dominant. New York Times, "A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong’s Cinephiles," 1 June 2018 If true, that crash would be the second accident this year that has occurred when a Tesla was operating in the semiautonomous driving mode. Peter Holley,, "Pravda: Elon Musk's solution for punishing journalists," 24 May 2018 Autopilot is a semiautonomous mode that can automatically change lanes and speeds based on conditions, along with maintaining the proper distance between cars and proper lane positioning. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "NTSB ‘unhappy’ with Tesla release of investigative information in fatal crash," 1 Apr. 2018 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

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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