Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Automatic pilot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being.
  • n. A state of mind where one no longer thinks about doing his actions, he just does them seemingly as a second nature
  • v. To pilot itself; to drive or travel automatically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness
  • n. a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course

Etymologies

auto- +‎ pilot (Wiktionary)

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  • Already cited that at April fool, c_b. Great minds....

    Pro: part of the same joke, I believe.

    April 2, 2009

  • So, Gmail and Google have two separate April's fools this year?

    April 1, 2009

  • Google AutoPilot, seen here. (Tee hee! "Two Gmail accounts can happily converse with each other for up to three messages each.... further messages may commit you to dinner parties or baby namings in which you have no interest.")

    April 1, 2009

  • Variously referred to by pilots as "AFCS" (automatic flight control system), "Otto" and every now and then "Hey! Why the hell'd it do that?"

    Little known fact: normally, when the visibility for landing is less than 1/2 mile, it is required that the autopilot make the landing (an "autolanding"). The pilots monitor this process and initiate a go around in the event of any autopilot or other aircraft malfunction.

    January 2, 2007