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Jargon watch: What ‘roadmanship’ means to a self-driving car


n.A proposed safety standard for self-driving cars, based on the road etiquette of humans.

In 1909, when horseless carriages were all the rage, a magazine called Country Life in America advised new drivers on “the ­ethics of good roadmanship.” Motorists, it urged, should go slow to avoid spooking the animals pulling other vehicles.

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