Self-driven or self-driving car

  1. self-driven car 2) self-driving car
    Are they the same thing? Or they are two different things?

Self-driven “cars” each have an engine. Some cars are driven by electricity.
“Self-driving car” is not in my dictionary. I suppose self-driving cars move by themselves. “Self-driving cars are learning to drive.” Be careful!

I don’t think there is any kind of consensus on this terminology, lilyyang.

Wikipedia is not the be-all, end-all on any given subject, but it is a good general online resource and point of reference from which to start, especially for determining special terminology that can’t be found in a dictionary.

The English language Wikipedia article on the “autonomous car” [ Self-driving car - Wikipedia ] gives “self-driving car” as one of the alternative names, but in the body of the article also calls it a “self-driven car.”

I would probably call it a self-driving car, but that the car is self-driven.

But I’m not even sure about the hyphen here. In many cases, you would say, for example, that a thing is self driven (without the hyphen), but that it is a self-driven thing (with the hyphen). But perhaps “self” is an exception and the hyphen is considered necessary with “self” in either case.

Another example of what I am referring to here is: The wine tastes sweet. The wine is sweet tasting. It is a sweet-tasting wine.

In any event, I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about it. I think you’re safe to call it either a self-driven or a self-driving car or auto. They are indeed the same thing.

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Yutaka, an electric vehicle is propelled by a motor in the same way that a fuel-powered vehicle is propelled by an engine.

Some cars are powered by gasoline or other liquid fuel and some cars are powered by electricity.

Whether a vehicle is propelled by an engine or powered by electricity has nothing to do with what makes it self-driven or not.

It is the steering of the vehicle (including acceleration, gear shifting and braking), which is either performed by human operation or autonomously by a sensory control system, that determines whether it is self-driven or not.

Self-driven and self-driving are the same thing, at least when it comes to vehicles.

“Whether a vehicle is propelled by an engine or powered by electricity has nothing to do with what makes it self-driven or not. “
I agree. It is a self-driven car. Self-driven cars each are not required to be attached to an engine or a horse because they are self driven. Of course, some types of cars need to be attached to engines or horses, and they are not self-driven cars.

“An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, self-driving car, robotic car, auto) and an unmanned ground vehicle is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.”
This description is very interesting. Thank you for referring to this article. It made me think about two English words: “autonomous” and “self”.
I wonder if cars are going to have “free will”. Are they going to have the “autonomous self”?

Perhaps you could present that question in a separate discussion.

“self-driving” car is what I hear and read mostly. “Self-cleaning” is a good example to draw a comparison. “Self-driven” is not incorrect though; just not commonly used.

(of an object or apparatus) able to clean itself: a self-cleaning oven.

This adjective is interesting. Thank you, Redstrat.
Does the self-cleaning oven clean itSELF(the “body”)? And does the oven do it without any “human input”? A self-cleaning oven appears to have its own “self”(subjective self).

No matter any of the other answers, they are the same and interchangeable.

Simple, wasn’t it really ?