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driverless

[drahy-ver-lis] /ˈdraɪ vər lɪs/
adjective
1.
  1. not having a human driver in control:
    The horse became startled and the now driverless horse-drawn carriage ran into a car.
  2. without a human operator:
    driverless machinery.
2.
(of a vehicle) navigated and maneuvered by a computer without a need for human control or intervention under a range of driving situations and conditions:
a driverless car.
Origin of driverless
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-1850
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  • Stopping suddenly, he looked back and discovered that they were driverless.

    Baldy of Nome

    Esther Birdsall Darling
  • On through the night plunged the driverless coach, the horses mad with fright.

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  • Big Louie's face was upturned, and the explanation of the two rifle reports and the driverless team was here.

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