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autonomous vehicle[ȯ¦tän·ə·məs ′vē·ə·kəl]
A vehicle that is able to plan its path and to execute its plan without human intervention.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
autonomous vehicleA car or truck that is self driving. Following are the five stages of automation for vehicles. Each stage includes all the functions of the previous ones. See self-driving car.
Stage 1 - Antilock brakes (see ABS).
Stage 2 - Warnings (low tire pressure, open doors).
Stage 3 - Safety systems. See adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance system, lane departure system, blind spot monitoring and adaptive headlights.
Stage 4 - User-initiated self driving like the autopilot in an airplane cockpit; for example, Tesla's Autopilot. We are currently at this stage in 2019. See self-driving car.
Stage 5 - Self driving. No steering wheel.
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