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INFORMATION VOCABULARY

(Created on 30/05/2016)

 

 

VOCABULARY:

 

INFORMATION:

  • Driverless Electric Buses Tested in Paris, Las Vegas - Text + Audio + Videos - 31 January 2017
    "More and more cities across the world experiment with driverless vehicles on public streets. Two of the latest are Paris, France and Las Vegas, Nevada. The cities have used self-driving electric buses to carry passengers on short rides to try out the technology and see how humans react to it."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Truck Completes First Driverless Shipment: Beer - Text + Audio + Video - 31 October 2016
    "A self-driving truck has completed the world’s first delivery of goods for a company. It transported a load of beer on a 190-kilometer trip through Colorado last week. A driver was inside the truck at all times. But he only drove the vehicle as it was entering and leaving the highway."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • US Announces Guidelines for Driverless Cars - Text + Audio - 22 September 2016
    "The U.S. Department of Transportation has released new guidelines for driverless cars.
    A list of 15 safety standards cover the design and development of the vehicles.
    The policies are meant as suggestions to the industry, rather than rules backed by legal enforcement."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Driverless Cars to Carry Uber Passengers in Pittsburgh - Text + Audio + Photos - 24 August 2016
    "Ride-sharing company Uber will begin using self-driving cars in a few weeks to carry passengers around Pittsburgh. Driverless vehicles are being tested by other companies, but this is the first time the public will get to use them. The cars will have a driver as a backup to take control if needed."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • How connected car tech is eroding personal privacy - 9 August 2016
    (BBC)

  • How Will Driverless Technology Change Our Lives? - Text + Audio - 10 July 2016
    "Almost every day, we hear about a new development in the world of driverless technology. But how will this technology change our lives when cars no longer need humans to drive them? Autonomous driving technology is developing fast, but is the public ready to turn the wheel over to a machine?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • BMW and Intel plan robot car production - 1 July 2016
    "BMW, Intel and computer vision firm Mobileye have signed a deal to develop autonomous vehicles."

    (BBC)

  • What's it like to drive with Tesla's Autopilot and how does it work? - 1 July 2016
    "Tesla’s Autopilot is in the spotlight after a fatal crash. Samuel Gibbs used it when he drove to France in a Model S
    – here’s how he found the experience of driver assistance."

    (theguardian.com)

  • Cognitive computing: the systems that are changing the world - 28 June 2016
    "When you look at the car parked outside your home, do you see a four-wheel device used to get you from A to B or a cognitive data platform with a social role to play? It is, in fact, both..."

    (telegraph.co.uk)




    Cognitive computing (CC) describes technology platforms that broadly speaking, are based on the scientific disciplines of Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing. These platforms encompass machine learning, reasoning, natural language processing, speech and vision, human-computer interaction, dialog and narrative generation and more.[1][2]
    (Wikipedia)

     

 

     

LISTENING:

  • Driverless Electric Buses Tested in Paris, Las Vegas - Text + Audio + Videos - 31 January 2017
    "More and more cities across the world experiment with driverless vehicles on public streets. Two of the latest are Paris, France and Las Vegas, Nevada. The cities have used self-driving electric buses to carry passengers on short rides to try out the technology and see how humans react to it."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Truck Completes First Driverless Shipment: Beer - Text + Audio + Video - 31 October 2016
    "A self-driving truck has completed the world’s first delivery of goods for a company. It transported a load of beer on a 190-kilometer trip through Colorado last week. A driver was inside the truck at all times. But he only drove the vehicle as it was entering and leaving the highway."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • US Announces Guidelines for Driverless Cars - Text + Audio - 22 September 2016
    "The U.S. Department of Transportation has released new guidelines for driverless cars.
    A list of 15 safety standards cover the design and development of the vehicles.
    The policies are meant as suggestions to the industry, rather than rules backed by legal enforcement."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • How Will Driverless Technology Change Our Lives? - Text + Audio - 10 July 2016
    "Almost every day, we hear about a new development in the world of driverless technology. But how will this technology change our lives when cars no longer need humans to drive them? Autonomous driving technology is developing fast, but is the public ready to turn the wheel over to a machine?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Personal Technology Trends of 2015 - Text + Audio - 31 December 2015
    "Tech companies keep trying to develop “must-have” products that will become as useful as computers or smart phones.
    From broadcasting your story to self-driving cars, we will find out in 2016 whether they were successful."
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • Google Self-Driving Car Heading to Public Streets - Text + Audio - 21 May 2015
    "This summer, the latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its first appearance on public roads.
    The two-seat vehicle does not need a gas pedal or steering wheel.
    The prototype can drive, brake and recognize road dangers without human involvement."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

FUTURE:

 

 

 

  • The driverless taxi of the future at Heathrow Airport. - 25 November 2009
    "The driverless taxi, or personal rapid transit, drives itself around a network of guideways using a combination of systems including laser sensors and computer controls.
    The electric vehicles look a bit like the futuristic transport pods used in James Bond movies."

    (BBC)


DEBATES:

  • 5 confounding questions that hold the key to the future of driverless cars
    - Will consumers want to buy driverless cars?
    - How will humans behave behind the (self-driving) wheel?
    - Who will be liable when a driverless car crashes?
    - How will driverless cars change our travel and consumption patterns?
    - Is our infrastructure ready?

    - Bonus question: Do we even want this future?
    (washingtonpost.com)



 

  • The World Of Self-Driving Cars
    "It’s easy to get all..Silicon Valley when drooling over the possibility of a world chock-full of self-driving cars."

    (blog.nearfuturelaboratory.com)

     



LESSON PLANS:

 

  • The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars - Patrick Lin - a lesson
    "Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident?
    Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars..."

    (ed.ted.com)



CARTOONS:

 

 

VIDEOS:

  • Truck Completes First Driverless Shipment: Beer - Text + Audio + Video - 31 October 2016
    "A self-driving truck has completed the world’s first delivery of goods for a company. It transported a load of beer on a 190-kilometer trip through Colorado last week. A driver was inside the truck at all times. But he only drove the vehicle as it was entering and leaving the highway."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Driverless car takes to the UK streets for the first time – video - 11 October 2016
    "A self-driving car is the first of its kind in the UK to take a test drive in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
    The LUTZ Pathfinder roams the streets of Buckinghamshire sharing the pavement with the town’s cyclists and pedestrians achieving speeds of 15mph. A driver was on board the new vehicle in case of any emergencies."

    (theguardian.com)

 

  • Driverless Roborace car speeds around Donington - VIDEO - 29 August 2016
    "A prototype race car testing self-driving tech for the forthcoming Roborace contest has made its public debut at Donington Park's circuit.
    The Devbot only completed one lap round the course without a human in control.
    But the London-based investment fund behind the initiative - Kinetik - hopes to launch a competition featuring autonomous electric-powered cars racing against each other over the coming months."

    (BBC)
  • Self-Driving Car - VIDEO
    "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that's responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. Their latest project is to encourage the development of vehicles that will drive themselves."
    (videos.howstuffworks.com)
  • Self-driving car debate reaches Capitol Hill - 16 March 2016
    "Leaders from Google and General Motors are urging Congress to create legislation that would help speed up efforts to get self-driving cars on the road. In testimony Tuesday, they made the case that, although self-driving vehicles are only a few years from being on the market, state laws and testing rules could slow their progress. But one expert warned of the risk of rushing the technology. CNET's Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the debate."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Robot-car technology by Google - 11 October 2010
    "Google has recently revealed in an announcement that it has been secretly testing cars that can drive on their own, with the help
    of artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and make decisions similar to what a human driver would make..."

    (YouTube)