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Uber is a company that provides car rides. They are similar to a taxi except you use the phone app to call and pay them. Uber has been testing self-driving cars. They want to have cars that can drive without a person in the future.

During an Uber test in the U.S, a woman was hit by a car. The woman was killed. She was 49 years old. This occurred in Arizona. Now, Uber has stopped testing self-driving cars in North America.

Many companies have been testing self-driving cars. This is the first death. The woman was crossing the road. She was not using a crosswalk and she suddenly stepped into the road. Uber said it was “incredibly sad news”.

The police said it would have been difficult for a person driving the car to react differently.

Difficult words

Provide: To give something that is needed

Similar: Nearly the same

Self-Driving: To drive itself

Occur: To happen

Crosswalk: A certain place made to cross the street.

Suddenly: Quickly and unexpected

Incredibly: Extremely or very

React: To respond to something

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Provide  A. Same
 2. Similar  B. Crossing
 3. Crosswalk  C. Greatly
 4. Occur  D. Give
 5. Incredibly  E. Happen

True or False?

1.  Uber provides cars to people. T / F

2. Uber is similar to a taxi. T / F

3.  A child was hit by a car. T / F

4. This is not the first death by a self-driving car.  T / F

5.  The woman did not use a crosswalk. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Uber / car / rides / provides / is / company / that / a

2. Uber / cars / self-driving / testing / has / been

3. Arizona / occurred / in / This

4. Many / have / testing / self-driving / companies / been / cars

5. The / road / was / crossing / the / woman

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

React Stepped Provides
Occurred Difficult Death

Uber is a company that ____________ car rides. They are similar to a taxi except you use the phone app to call and pay them. Uber has been testing self-driving cars. They want to have cars that can drive without a person in the future.

During an Uber test in the U.S, a woman was hit by a car. The woman was killed. She was 49 years old. This ___________ in Arizona. Now, Uber has stopped testing self-driving cars in North America.

Many companies have been testing self-driving cars. This is the first ________. The woman was crossing the road. She was not using a crosswalk and she suddenly __________ into the road. Uber said it was “incredibly sad news”.

The police said it would have been __________ for a person driving the car to _________ differently.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Do you think self-driving cars are the future?
4. Who is at fault if a self-driving car causes a crash but there is a human operator?
5. What do you know about self-driving cars?
6. Are there any difficulties that self-driving cars would face in your country?
7. Would you buy a self-driving car?
8. Would you take a self-driving taxi?
9. What other everyday tasks should be automated?
10. Do you think self-driving technology will hurt jobs?
11. Are there any things that you don’t think should ever be automated?
12. How could you benefit from owning a self-driving car?
13. Would you trust a self-flying plane?
14. Some places have banned self-driving cars over job fears. Is this a good solution?
15. What is your favourite mode of travel?
16. Are there any ways that you would improve other forms of transport?
17. Do you think it will be illegal for a person to drive a car on the road in the future?
18. Should there be an equivalent to a driver’s license required when owning a self-driving car?
19. Should there be a limit to where self driving cars can go?
20. What would you like to ask the self-driving team at Uber?