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  • Can your airplane be hacked?   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 11:16 AM ET
    Can your airplane be hacked?

    A computer expert claims he hacked into an airplane's computer, briefly taking control of the engines, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • May 18- U.S. vehicle safety regulators have launched a preliminary evaluation of about 130,000 Nissan Versa cars after receiving complaints about fractures in the front suspension coil spring. Some owners of these cars have complained that the fractures could lead to tire puncture or brake line damage while driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • BEIJING— More than 30 police officers and 38 civilians were injured in southwestern China during a weekend protest by residents who feared that a planned railway would bypass their community, authorities said Monday. Local police and government officials did not answer calls or declined to talk to The Associated Press on Monday. The demonstrators demanded...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment. The first northbound train, scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m., was...

  • On zero emissions, he reiterated that Nissan is banking on electric cars, rather than other zero-emissions technologies, for the near-term future. Nissan makes the Leaf electric car. Ghosn said Nissan sees autonomous vehicles as adding to driving pleasure, and a totally driver-less car is not at the center of the automaker's plans.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan— The CEO of Nissan Motor Co. says the automaker will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators. Many of the world's automakers, and companies outside the auto industry such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate...

  • Amtrak ordered to take rail safety steps after crash Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 6:46 AM ET
    Men walk towards the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    Amtrak must take immediate steps to improve the safety of its busiest route after a derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and sent more than 200 to hospitals.

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— The latest version of Google's self-driving car— a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel— will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch...

  • Open skies debate   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:56 PM ET
    Open skies debate

    Foreign carriers want to fly domestic U.S. flights, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • DETROIT, May 15- Google Inc's self-driving cars will begin testing on public roads this summer, but they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company described a year ago. When the Internet search company announced a year ago that it planned to build a fleet of self-driving cars, project director Chris Urmson said the prototypes "won't have a...

  • Google self-driving cars for the summer   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Google self-driving cars for the summer

    The first autonomous vehicle Google has made will begin driving on public roads in northern California this summer, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • DETROIT, May 15- Google Inc's self-driving cars will begin testing on public roads this summer, but it turns out they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company envisioned a year ago. When the Internet search company announced a year ago that it planned to build a fleet of self-driving cars, project director Chris Urmson said the prototypes "...

  • Around the world in a solar powered plane   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:27 AM ET
    Around the world in a solar powered plane

    The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar powered plane, preparing for the toughest part of its journey around the world. André Borschberg, Solar Impulse co-founder, co-pilot and CEO, Skype's "Squawk on the Street" from China.

  • Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:03 AM ET
    Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is happy to announce his firm is investing in Lyft.

  • The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, will allow industry to continue to use "unsafe tank cars" for up to 10 years and fail to set adequate speed limits for oil trains. In their filing, the green groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to force the Transportation Department to...

  • Amtrak train traveling at double the speed limit   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Amtrak train traveling at double the speed limit

    Investigators said an Amtrak train was traveling at more than double the posted speed limit just before a fatal crash.

  • Amtrak budget cut looms amid US budget surplus Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    A man walks to board an Amtrak train in Penn Station in New York City.

    Amtrak's potential $252 million budget cut comes as the U.S. posted its fifth-biggest monthly budget surplus in history.

  • What Amtrak derailment means for Northeast travel Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:18 PM ET
    Passengers and others injured in an Amtrak train derailment who were bused from to New York from Philadelphia, wait at Penn Station May 13, 2015 in New York.

    The Northeast Corridor is snarled between Philadelphia and New York following the Amtrak tragedy.

  • Cause of Amtrak derailment unknown   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:45 AM ET
    Cause of Amtrak derailment unknown

    An Amtrak train from Washington to New York derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least 5 people. NBC's Chris Pollone reports the latest.

  • SAO PAULO, May 12- General Motors Co said it suspended production at a factory in southern Brazil on Tuesday due to a standoff with truckers shipping vehicles from the plant. The carmaker said transportation companies Tegma and Transzero had stopped picking up the compact cars made at the plant in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, forcing the factory...