Unit 17
The flying car

New Knowledge/Fun Science


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

What do you think is the purpose of flying cars? Do you they are necessary?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. constraints (n.) 限制;束縛;約束
I cannot break free from the constraints!

2. futuristic (adj.) 未來派的;超前新奇的
You have to have a futuristic outlook these days.

3. commercialization (v.) 商業化
The prototypes are just for commercialization.

4. prototype  (n.) 樣機
You have to create a prototype first.

5. deep-pocketed (n.) 財力雄厚的
There are a lot of deep-pocketed companies!

6. energy efficient (phr.) 節能的
I think flying cars are energy efficient.

7. inception (n.) 起初
2000 was the inception of technology.

8. conventional (adj.) 傳統的;常規的
He may not be conventionally attractive, but he’s far from repulsive!


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Ever since the dawn of the automobile industry, travelers and commuters have wondered when their cars would be free from the constraints of gravity.

Japan’s SkyDrive is the latest player to throw their hat into the flying car ring with a successful test run of their manned SD-03.

This futuristic one-seater is designed to carry a single human pilot, with stabilization provided by an onboard computer.




According to a company press release, the next major milestone is the commercialization of their prototype, planned for 2023.

Some very deep-pocketed institutions have already invested billions, hoping to reach that goal.

Critics have pointed out that this is hardly the first flying car to reach the testing stage, and that flying cars are less energy efficient than automobiles.

But let’s not forget that at the inception of the automobile, it too was ridiculed. Few foresaw how quickly it could disrupt the conventional means of transportation, the horse.






throw one’s hat into the ring(加入競賽)

As you know, many English idioms come from sports. As you may also know, maybe competitions take place in a “ring.” So it should come as no surprise that a ring in English has come to represent any competitive space. The idiom “throw one’s hat into the ring” means to signal your intention to join a competition.

Often, we will see the phrase followed by the preposition “for” or “to” to express a purpose. Or, you can place an adjective before the word “ring” to modify it. You can also go one step further and use a noun (like “flying car”) to modify “ring.”

1. Our small city threw its hat into the ring to attract the new Amazon warehouse.

2. He is just the latest local businessman to throw his hat into the ring for mayor.

3. So many countries have now thrown their hat into the colonizing Mars ring.


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.What other inventions / gadgets or technology do you think will exist 2 years from now?