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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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