Transportation: Leisure


  • Washington state names new head of state ferries Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state officials on Wednesday named a new head of the state ferry system, which is emerging from a tough summer. Lynne Griffith, currently the chief executive officer of Pierce Transit, will be the first woman to head the ferry division of the state Department of Transportation.

  • Making travel quick, safe for cars, bikes, walkers Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    DETROIT— Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. These life- or time-saving technologies are being shown off this week at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit.

  • Lisbon subway stoppage brings commuter misery Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Lisbon subway staff have walked off the job during the morning rush hour in a protest against pay cuts and the company's possible privatization. The government is trying to cut costs at state-owned public transport companies, such as the Lisbon subway. The Lisbon subway company is 4.3 billion euros in the red.

  • Honda introduces self-driving car Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel. While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in 2020 and beyond.

  • Gulf secures $19 billion in West African projects Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    Abu Dhabi's Trojan General Contracting won the $16 billion project to build roads and railways across Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will in future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will use precision instruments for more thorough tests in the future, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesday.


  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 9- Mexican construction companies, including Grupo Ica and billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso, have formed a consortium to bid on contracts to build a new airport for Mexico City, construction industry group CMIC said on Tuesday.

  • Report: CEO made wrong decision before plane crash Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— The likely causes of a 2012 airplane crash that killed the head of memory chip maker Micron are a decrease in engine power during takeoff and the man's ill-fated decision to turn the experimental plane around rather than make an emergency landing, federal investigators say.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Sept 9- French container shipping group CMA CGM has sealed an alliance with two rivals after a failed attempt to partner with bigger peers Maersk and Switzerland's MSC, vetoed by China earlier this year due to competition concerns. CMA CGM said the new alliance would cover routes between Asia and Europe, as well as Asia and North America.

  • PARIS, Sept 9- France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said on Tuesday it has signed agreements with China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Company to share services on routes to and from Asia.

  • Safety board finds multiple errors in UPS crash Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A fatal UPS cargo plane crash during a landing attempt last year was caused by pilots who made a series of errors and should have aborted the landing, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

  • Letting your car find a spot and park itself Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space— all by itself. Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360- degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles.

  • Reality for driverless cars     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

    CNBC contributor Bob Lutz, has a few answers to the many questions about self-driving cars.

  • Driving without hands     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau provides insight to developing driverless technology.

  • Making your car park itself     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau demonstrates how to park a car via your smartphone.

  • DETROIT, Sept 8- Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford said new technologies that allow cars to talk to each other and drive themselves may scare some people, so the industry will need to allow consumers to opt out of such features. In addition, Internet search company Google Inc is developing the technology for a completely driverless car.

  • London's Luton airport reopens after alert Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LONDON— The passenger terminal at Luton Airport near London has been evacuated and flights suspended for several hours after a suspicious package was found. Budget airline EasyJet said five flights scheduled to land at Luton had been diverted to Stansted and Birmingham airports, and several flights had been canceled as a result of the security scare.

  • BOSTON, Sept 8- The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.