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Let's Call Them Autonomobiles Now

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It’s always annoying to choose between ‘self-driving cars’ and ‘driverless cars’ or ‘autonomous cars’ or any other of a number of clunky terms for cars that can drive without human control. Here’s a new term: autonomobile.

Former TTAC editor and current Bloomberg contributor Ed Niedermeyer coined this the other day. It came around as a response to Wired’s new demonstration of increasingly present car hacking.


Things went from there.


And Bloomberg’s Matt Miller caught on.

It’s a neat summation of the tech that’s been booming ever since DARPA challenged the world to drive across the desert without any human control.

Expect to see it in use more often.

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