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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.

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Drivers more concerned with congestion than crashes

Car drivers are more concerned with heavy congestion and traffic than of crashes, according to an AA/Populus survey.

A quarter of the 23,000 drivers polled said congestion was the greatest worry when they had to drive for more than 200 miles.

A quarter of the 23,000 drivers polled said they worried about congestion. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Having an accident was the second most common worry on long journeys with 17% of drivers worrying about this the most.

Top long-journey stresses differ across the country as well as across age groups.

AA president Edmund King said: "The last thing anyone wants is for something to go amiss on that journey and end up ruining their summer plans.

"Congestion, accidents and breaking down are the top trio of nightmares drivers fear."

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Car hire cheapest in Cyprus, survey finds

Car rental could set you back as much as £514 a week in Majorca. Credit: Reuters

British tourists could end up paying twice as much for car hire depending where they go on holiday this summer.

Rental fees in Majorca are twice as high as those in Cyprus, a survey by Post Office Travel Money found.

Other popular spots where charges were particularly high were Faro in Portugal, Split in Croatia and Dublin.

Taking into account expenses such as satnav hire, additional-driver cover and petrol the pricest destination was the Norwegian capital Oslo where hiring a car for one week would set you back as much as £614.

The cheapest place to rent a car was in Larnaca in Cyprus where one-week hire was just £295.

Rolls-Royce sales rocket by 33% worldwide

Rolls-Royce has announced record sales worldwide.

The motor retailer said sales figures had risen by 33% compared with the January to June 2013 period, with purchases in Europe up by more than 60%.

Rolls Royce have recorded record sales worldwide. Credit: PA

Sales in Asia Pacific were up by nearly 40% while the Middle East saw a rise of more than 30%.

The US and China market also saw double-digit growth.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the firm was on target for another record year in 2014.

UK watchdog to target hire car premiums for drivers

Insurance costs could go down for drivers who have suffered a road accident, after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) proposed a cap on replacement vehicle costs.

The watchdog will aim to address the spiraling costs of hire cars used by drivers after a major road accident, in a shake up of the private motor insurance market

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