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  • 2018.10.19
  • National news
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Toyota, SoftBank to develop self-driving technologies under new joint venture

トヨタとソフトバンク、新会社設立

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Two titans of Japanese industry, Toyota Motor Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., said Oct. 4 they are setting up a new joint venture to develop autonomous driving technologies and other on-demand services, including food deliveries, medical care and office space.

Funded with an initial investment of 2 billion, the new company, Monet Technologies Corp., will begin operations as early as next March. While the on-demand services will initially roll out using traditional vehicles, by 2020 the company is aiming to utilize Toyota’s driverless concept vehicle, the e-Palette.

Both Toyota President Akio Toyoda and SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son painted the partnership as part of a broader vision to embrace new business ideas in an age of artificial intelligence.
At a news conference in Tokyo, Son said the partnership will harness the strengths of each company and their synergy together.

“We believe we will be able to drive a new mobility in the world that is totally different and totally new,” he said. (The Japan Times)

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titan
(名)大物、(比喩的に)巨人
◆ ABC Publishing is a titan in the textbook industry.
(ABC出版は、教科書業界の巨大企業です)
☞titan(形)巨大な

autonomous
(形)自主的な、自立した
◆autonomous driving technology([自動車の]全自動運転技術)
◆ In the future, many things will be autonomous.
(将来、多くのものが自動になるでしょう)

fund
(動)~に資金を出す、資金を供給する
(名)蓄え、資金、基金
◆ Mike Jones funded our company dinner out of pocket.
(マイク・ジョーンズは会社の夕食を自腹で払った)
☞funder(名)資金提供者

roll
(動)進む、取り掛かる
◆roll out(本格展開する、広げる)
◆ We decided to roll with Jenny’s plan to change the company logo.
(ジェニーによる会社のロゴ変更計画を進めることにした)

broad
(形)広い、広範な
◆broad vision(広い視野)
◆ The university campus has a broad courtyard for students to use between classes.
(その大学のキャンパスには、学生が授業の間に利用できる広い中庭がある)

embrace
(動)利用する、採用する、受け入れる
◆embrace an idea(アイデアを採用する)
◆People are beginning to embrace new technology that makes life easier.
(人々は生活を楽にする新しい技術を利用し始めている)

harness
(動)利用する、役立てる
(名)安全ベルト、ハーネス、馬具
◆harness energy source(エネルギー源を利用する)
◆Our new break room will harness solar energy for everything from the microwave to the lights.
(新しい休憩室は、電子レンジから照明まであらゆるものに太陽エネルギーを利用している)

mobility
(名)動きやすさ、移動性
◆ Stretching everyday helps to improve mobility for everyone.
(毎日のストレッチは可動性を改善するのに役立つ)
☞mobile(形)可動性の、機動性のある

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What are Toyota and SoftBank working together to create?

  • A) A new hybrid electric car that doesn't use gasoline at all.
  • B) A new cellphone line for international travelers.
  • C) Autonomous driving technologies and other on-demand services.

正解を見る

正解は、C
Autonomous driving technologies and other on-demand services.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Two ( ① ) of Japanese industry, Toyota Motor Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., said Oct. 4 they are setting up a new joint venture to develop ( ② ) driving technologies and other on-demand services, including food deliveries, medical care and office space.

  • A) titans
  • B) brightens
  • C) source

    • D) autonomous
    • E) anonymous
    • F) synonymous

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、A
    titans

    ②の正解はD
    autonomous

    Q2. ( ) with an initial investment of 2 billion, the new company, Monet Technologies Corp., will begin operations as early as next March.

    • A) Crowded
    • B) Funded
    • C) Related

    正解を見る

    正解は、B
    Funded

    Q3. While the on-demand services will initially ( ) out using traditional vehicles, by 2020 the company is aiming to utilize Toyota’s driverless concept vehicle, the e-Palette.

    • A) fall
    • B) roll
    • C) stall

    正解を見る

    正解は、B
    roll

    Q4. Both Toyota President Akio Toyoda and SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son painted the partnership as part of a ( ① ) vision to ( ② ) new business ideas in an age of artificial intelligence.

    • A) reader
    • B) fight
    • C) broader

      • D) hassle
      • E) renew
      • F) embrace

      正解を見る

      ①の正解は、C
      broader

      ②の正解はF
      embrace

      Q5. At a news conference in Tokyo, Son said the partnership will ( ) the strengths of each company and their synergy together.

      • A) ribbon
      • B) horse
      • C) harness

      正解を見る

      正解は、C
      harness

      Q6. “We believe we will be able to drive a new ( ) in the world that is totally different and totally new,” he said.

      • A) charm
      • B) title
      • C) mobility

      正解を見る

      正解は、C
      mobility

      Speaking practice

      Q1. In the future, do you feel that we will have more autonomous services? Why or why not?※この問題に解答はありません

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