A major trial of driverless cars on the public roads has been taking place in the UK city of Milton Keynes. Learn key vocabulary to help you talk about this news story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:32 – Story
1:50 – Headline 1: The Times: Driverless cars kick off by taking footballers to training
4:30 – Headline 2: BBC News:- Milton Keynes to hold large-scale driverless car trial
7:10 – Headline 3: Autocar: Driverless cars to hit public roads in Milton Keynes
10:00 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
kick off – begin; start

  • The match kicks off at six o’clock – so don’t be late!
  • I’ll kick off the meeting with a look at our sales figures.

large-scale – involving many people or things

  • Illegal logging has caused large-scale damage to the rainforests.
  • Obesity has become a large-scale problem in the developed world.

hit – make an impact on

  • The new computer game has hit the shelves.
  • Coronavirus has hit the world economy.

To download the audio and a transcript and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2022/unit-1/session-13

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