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All UK cars 'could be driverless by 2050'

Google could be starting driverless car trials in London soon. Credit: PA

The UK could see the end of human-driven cars by 2050, according to a new report.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers made the prediction as it demanded urgent action from the Government and the motor industry to encourage development of the technology.

All cars on UK roads could be "highly automated" by 2040 and fully driverless just 10 years later the experts say.

The study found that it will take 10 years to get innovations onto the production line and a further 10 to 15 years for the majority of the UK fleet to be changed.


Northern Ireland: Stormont rejects bid to relax abortion law

(File photo) Abortion is a extremely political topic in Northern Ireland, a country dominated by religion. Credit: PA

Proposals to relax Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws have been rejected.

Stormont Assembly members voted by a majority of 59 to 40 against amending legislation to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

Amnesty International said failing to reform the law would be a "betrayal of women".


Audiences 'laughing and crying' at Friends actor's play

Matthew Perry has told ITV News the audiences at his debut play in the West End have laughed and cried saying they are doing "all the things we want them to be doing".

He also warned people coming to see The End of Longing that the character he plays is a very different person to Chandler, the character from the US sitcom Friends that made his name.

"There's a lot of swearing that takes place in the play, you can't do that on Friends", he added.

Perry wrote The End of Longing, and stars in it, but he denied the character he plays is a version of himself.

He's a drunk, and I have a very well documented history with alcoholism, so we have that in common.

But it's not autobiographical, it's not me up there.

– Matthew Perry, actor

He also revealed that he started writing whilst working on Friends, pitching jokes to the writers, who he said listened and used them.

Thousands of junior doctors walk out over contract dispute

Thousands of junior doctors walked out this morning in a second 24-hour strike over planned government changes to contracts which could see Saturdays reclassified as 'normal working hours'.

Negotiations have rumbled on - and tonight, ITV News learned Jeremy Hunt could impose the controversial new contracts within a matter of days.

Political correspondent Libby Wiener reports on the day's events:

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