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Veicolo in grado di muoversi autonomamente ma controllato da un essere umano.

I don't think I've ever heard this word to mean "car" in English by native English speakers. I've certainly heard Germans use it. Can anybody tell me whether it's a British, US, both, or other usage? Hippietrail 10:14, 9 Mar 2004 (UTC)

It's used a lot in combination to make brand names (eg, Autoglas is a windscreen-repair service, I think). True, I don't think it is much used, if at all, in English to mean "car". It needs to be checked in the OED or other dictionaries. -- Paul G 11:11, 9 Mar 2004 (UTC)
It's not common in spoken English, but it's easy enough to find "auto" in writing. For instance, this book of short stories by O. Henry (~310 Kb long). Ortonmc 15:56, 9 Mar 2004 (UTC)
"auto" means "car" in English (American English, anyway) when used as an adjective—e.g. auto mechanic, auto repair (or is this a noun in apposition?). In modern use "auto" as a standalone noun is much rarer (though you could probably still find it) and I know it used to be used. —Muke Tever 03:55, 10 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Well spotted! It feels like a noun to me. My brother is an auto electrician but I would probably hyphenat it. I couldn't say "that electrician is auto" or "autoer" or "more auto" etc so it can't be an adjective but it doesn't seem to live on as a lone noun anymore. Interesting... Hippietrail 08:31, 10 Mar 2004 (UTC)

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As far as I know, Japanese is not written in roman script. H. (talk) 16:49, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Sure it is: it is called romaji. Used a lot in various circumstances. This word is borrowed from English out, and therefore usually written in katakana, the kana used for foreign words. Robert Ullmann 14:18, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense self-driving car. I haven't seen it in any of the news articles on the subject, and certainly wouldn't recognize it, so if it is a real thing, some citations providing context would be useful.--Prosfilaes (talk) 16:27, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

If I'm not mistaken, this was coined by CGP Grey in this video (start at 5:32). I don't think it has caught on. —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 16:33, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Basically impossible to check, given that "auto" already means car. This may be a citation (since surely non-self-driving cars are already seen more as utilities than status symbols?), but context suggests not. Smurrayinchester (talk) 10:04, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 17:27, 7 August 2015 (UTC)