UNIT: Toyota shows video of driverless car
LEARN THE WORDS:
| driverless - без водителя || ultimate - последний, окончательный |
| intelligent - умный, интеллектуальный || a highway - большая дорога, автомагистраль |
| a feature - отличительная черта || to reduce - сокращать |
| to communicate - общаться || gridlock - пробка, тупик |
| to eliminate - устранять || a vehicle - автотранспортное средство |
A new driverless car has been released by Toyota. The real car will be on show at an electronics show in Las Vegas, USA. The car is full of special " intelligent " safety features to make sure it does not crash. Radars and video cameras are used to understand where other cars are. It can also "see" people and slow down to avoid hitting them. The car can also communicate with other cars that have the same technology. A Toyota spokesperson said: "We are looking at a car that will eliminate crashes. Zero-collisions is our ultimate aim." He added that the car should be used with a driver, but that it can also drive itself. This would be useful if the driver wants to use his or her laptop, or falls asleep.
Toyota is not the first carmaker to showcase self-driving cars. In May 2012, the Swedish company Volvo tested a self-drive convoy of cars on a Spanish highway. The search engine Google has also invested a lot of money in the technology for these cars. The German auto manufacturers Audi and Mercedes are also developing similar cars. The chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford Jr ., says these cars will reduce traffic jams in the future. He said the cars would receive information from computers that monitor traffic and then the cars would take a different route around any gridlock. Toyota's video says: "Lexus advanced active safety research vehicle is leading the industry into a new automated era."
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