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Driverless cars to be tested in UK 2013.08.02
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BY the end of this year, robot cars will be tested on public roads in the United Kingdom (英國), the government says. The cars are driverless – they drive themselves!

The robot car, developed by a team of Oxford University researchers, has a system of sensors and cameras to detect its surroundings. It can drive safely at a set speed without bumping into other cars. It can memorise regular journeys using lasers and small cameras too.

Although the robot can run on its own, there will be a back-up driver inside the vehicle during tests. If anything goes wrong, the driver can take over controls quickly.

Other groups of scientists are developing driverless cars too. For example, Google, the Internet giant, has already tested its model on public roads over more than 300,000 miles (about 482,800 km). The company believes that driverless cars would greatly improve quality of life in the future.


1. sensor (n)
    感應器

2. detect (v)
    探測

3. surrounding (n)
    周圍

4. memorise (v)
    記熟

5. back-up (adj)
    後備的

6. quality (n)
    質素





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  1. When will the driverless cars be tested?
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  2. The car uses ________ to detect the surroundings.
    sensors and computers
    laser and glasses
    glasses and cameras

  3. Some believe that robot cars are safer because ________.
    they are smart
    they can detect the surroundings well
    they are more expensive than normal cars

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