高校生からはじめる号現代英語 2019/5/14 L6 (1)Self-driving bus launch Part 1
自動運転バス 運行開始

Self-driving bus launch
A self-driving bus (service) has been launched.

Japan’s first self-driving bus service has been launched in the city of Maebashi, north of Tokyo. The launch comes as global competition heats up for the development of autonomous vehicles.
The bus relies on cameras and sensors to recognize traffic lights and measure distances from other vehicles. An operator remains in the driver’s seat for safety reasons.
Except in emergencies, “the driver doesn’t use the pedals or the steering wheel,” a computer-generated voice explains to the passengers.
The drive covers just 1 kilometer, shuttling people between two railroad stations. The fare is 100 yen per adult and 50 yen per child. A limited service was launched on Friday and will continue through March.
The project is a joint venture by a local bus company, Gunma University, and the city of Maebashi. They plan to ask the passengers for comments and will address any problems before launching a full- fledged service.

launch (ロケットの)発射、進水させる、開始
competition 競争 
heat up 激化する
(this) comes as (これが)やってくるのは~につれてです、こうなった(背景)は~です
autonomous 自律性の、他者から指図されずに独立して動く
vehicle 乗り物、車両、車
rely on … ~に頼る、依存する
recognize 認識する、(すでに知っている何かと)同じものであると分かる
measure 測る
steering wheel (車の)ハンドル
computer-generated コンピューターによって生成された
shuttle 往復して運ぶ、何度も往復する
fare 運賃
per ~につき
joint venture 共同事業、合弁会社
plan to … ~することにしている 
address 対処する 
full-fledged (機能などが)本格的な、(鳥が十分にfly飛べるようになった




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