A Name For Self-Driving Cars: "Nemobiles"

What are we going to call cars that drive themselves? The term "automobile" would be perfect, but that's already taken.

"Nemo" means nobody in Latin -- a car driven by no one would be called a "nemobile." And you could call them "nemos" for short.

By the way, that's nemo with a long "e" -- pronounced like the fictitious fish or the commander of Jules Verne's submarine the Nautilus.

Short, distinctive, meaningful, good nickname. Much better than "driverless car," or "self-driving car," or the inevitable flat acronym "SDC."

By the way, if you are doubting that nemos will be on the scene anytime soon, consider this, as noted by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in their excellent book Race Against The Machine:  In 2004, DARPA offered a prize for any autonomous vehicle that could navigate a 150-mile course in the Mojave Desert. The best performing nemo only travelled eight miles, and it took two hours to do that. But by 2010, Google's self-driving cars had logged 1,000 miles on US highways.

Now fast forward to the summer of 2015 -- Google reported that its cars had logged one million miles of autonomous driving. And in 2016, the Tesla S and X now offer easy-to-use and dependable autopilot -- a very credible early form of self-driving.

Six years from now? Thousands of nemobiles will be safely driving on American roads.

Got a better name? I'd love to hear from you.


I have my doubts about

I have my doubts about nemobiles - I can't think of the last time (well, since the first half of the 20th Century) that a neologism with Latin or Greek roots successfully saw mass adoption for new technologies. I suspect it will be something less pretty, such as iV (for intelligent and to parallel eV, which seems to be gaining traction), smartcar (smartphone, smart home, etc), or pod (if it all quickly transitions to PRT systems).

No Latin in tech?

The poster may want to take that object out of his pocket and research whence the words "cell" and 'phone" come from...

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