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1. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: an autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.
2. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
a. Independent of the laws of another state or government; self-governing.
b. Of or relating to a self-governing entity: an autonomous legislature.
c. Self-governing with respect to local or internal affairs: an autonomous region of a country.
4. Autonomic.

[From Greek autonomos : auto-, auto- + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

au·ton′o·mous·ly adv.


[ɔːˈtɒnəməsli] adv [operate] → de manière autonome


[ɔːˈtɒnəməslɪ] advautonomamente
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The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection," he said.
1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the first automobile manufacturers permitted to do so, Mercedes-Benz has been testing autonomously driving automobiles on public roads in the US state of California since September.
The automaker is planning to launch two related technologies by the end of 2016, including a fully-automated parking system and a 'traffic-jam pilot', a feature that autonomously drives in congested traffic.
Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to show that an unmanned helicopter and a driverless ground vehicle can work together to autonomously survey a contaminated site.
What they were missing until now, was a machine that could operate autonomously in the quarry, and cut blocks of marble in situ.
will conduct demonstration testing of ASIMO to verify the ability of the humanoid robot to autonomously explain its features while interacting with people.
The proposed multipurpose Oka-T-MKS space lab will operate autonomously in orbit, periodically docking with the International Space Station for the ISS crew to service its scientific research equipment and conduct refueling and other operations.
Andrew Turberfield and colleagues point out that other scientists have developed similar DNA-based robots, which move autonomously.
To succeed, vehicles must autonomously obey traffic laws while merging into moving traffic, navigating traffic circles, negotiating busy intersections, and avoiding obstacles.
What you have is a boost element integrated with the master cylinder that is packaged with a standalone vehicle stability system that can apply brake pressure autonomously," says Milot.
Allen said the small UAV added 60 minutes to its endurance by soaring autonomously, using thermals that formed over the dry lake bed.
Further, the prototype uses a newly developed remote operation cockpit that enables it to autonomously balance, achieving improved operability.

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