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BBC媒体英语 Hands-free on the road? 无人驾驶汽车

更新时间:2014/5/31 11:22:55 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

看样子无人驾驶汽车的未来发展道路清晰可见。谷哥将开始制造自己最新研制的无人驾驶汽车,而不是改造其它生产商的车辆。谷哥制造的无人自动驾驶汽车只配有“启动”和“停止”两个按钮,除此之外,没有其它任何控制。

Google's driverless car project was officially launched in 2010. Since then it says its test vehicles have completed more than a million kilometres on public roads. They progressed from relatively simple driving on the Californian freeway to more complicated manoeuvring in urban areas.

So far, Google has used a fleet of ordinary cars which have been converted to carry self-driving technology. But now it wants to take the process a stage further by producing a purpose-built machine. It’s planning to create a fleet of about a hundred fully autonomous electric vehicles capable of carrying two people at up to 40 km per hour without any input from a human driver.

The ultimate aim is to get rid of the controls altogether, although early versions will still need to have a steering wheel and pedals.

Google believes it will be able to launch a pilot scheme using the new cars within the next two years. But the internet giant is far from being the only company working on self-driving technology. A number of major manufacturers have their own test programmes, among them Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen and BMW.

Quiz 听力测验

1. How far have test vehicles travelled?
A million kilometres on public roads.

2. What is the technology behind the driverless car called?
Self-driving technology.

3. True or false? The initial versions of the driverless car will dispense with all the normal controls of a vehicle, apart from a stop-start button.
False. The early versions will include the steering wheel and pedals.

4. Which word in the text means 'advanced towards a goal'?
Progressed.

Glossary 词汇表

manoeuvring (熟练的)操纵、移动
purpose-built 专门建造的
input (人为的)参与
ultimate aim 最终目的
steering wheel 方向盘
pedals (汽车的)脚踏板
pilot scheme 测试项目

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