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  • Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    Delphi plans to show off one of several versions of the car— an Audi Q5 crossover outfitted with laser sensors, radar and multiple cameras— on Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The official car will start its journey March 22 in San Francisco and arrive in New York a little more than a week later. The autonomous Audi warmed up for its long...

  • DETROIT, March 13- Delphi Automotive PLC aims to demonstrate its growing prowess in self-driving cars with what it bills as the "longest automated drive ever attempted in North America"- a 3,500- mile coast-to-coast excursion in a specially rigged Audi SQ5 that will mostly drive itself. Delphi, one of the largest suppliers of automotive electronics and safety...

  • Gridlock on the railroads   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM ET
    Gridlock on the railroads

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports unprecedented congestion on the nation's railroads has led some big rail companies to pour billions of dollars into enlarging its operations.

  • TOKYO, March 13- The president of the World Bank said on Friday he welcomed the setting up of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a day after Britain became the first Western nation to embrace the institution. The AIIB was launched in Beijing last year and was seen as a rival to the Western-dominated World and Asian Development Bank.

  • TOKYO, March 13- The president of the World Bank said on Friday he welcomed the setting up of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a day after Britain became the first Western nation to embrace the institution. The AIIB was launched in Beijing last year and was seen as a rival to the Western-dominated World and Asian Development Bank.

  • LONDON, March 13- Britain said it has sought to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, making it the first Western nation to embrace the China- backed institution, but the United States reacted frostily to the development. Analysts have said it could challenge the Western-dominated World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

  • Uber, you've been served   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 11:18 AM ET
    Uber, you've been served

    Uber and Lyft are working to convince U.S. judges their drivers are independent contractors. Gary Buffo, National Limo Association President, just launched the "Ride Responsibly" campaign.

  • OTTAWA, March 12- Canada was unable to reach agreement with the United States on whether to require advanced braking systems in new oil tank cars, so the requirement was dropped from a draft of new Canadian tank-car standards, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said. "We didn't get an agreement with the United States on that issue." The new tank-car standards are meant to...

  • OTTAWA, March 11- Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery derailments in Canada and the United States, including some that involved the newer, improved rail cars, and as more oil increasingly...

  • Intermodal shipping: Trucks vs. trains   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM ET
    Intermodal shipping: Trucks vs. trains

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports cheaper diesel fuel is making trucking over long distances less expensive than rails to transport products. But Erik Hansen of KS Southern, disagrees.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for...

  • NEW YORK, March 10- Boeing Co said on Tuesday that high-density packages of lithium batteries like those used in cell phones and laptops pose fire risks and should not be carried on passenger planes until safer methods for carrying them are developed. Boeing is part of an industry group including other plane makers such as Bombardier Inc and Airbus Group NV, that...

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude oil across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for...

  • March 10- KKR& Co LP is in advanced talks to acquire Air Medical Group Holdings Inc in a deal that could value the U.S. helicopter ambulance company at around $2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. KKR, a New York- based private equity firm, has prevailed over other buyout firms in the auction for Air Medical and is now in the final...

  • March 9- A series of train derailments in northern Ontario is cause for concern for Canada's transport minister, a spokesman said on Monday, as fires continued to burn where a Canadian National Railway Co train carrying oil went off the tracks on the weekend. The fiery crash was the third incident along the same section of CN track in less than a month, and the second...

  • SINGAPORE, March 9- Last year was by some measures the safest in the history of commercial aviation, despite two high-profile crashes involving Malaysia Airlines aircraft in which hundreds of people were killed, a leading industry body said on Monday. While more people died in air accidents in 2014 than the average in recent years, the number of fatal accidents...

  • SINGAPORE, March 9- Last year was by some measures the safest in the history of commercial aviation, despite two high-profile crashes involving Malaysia Airlines aircraft in which hundreds of people were killed, a leading industry body said on Monday. While more people died in air accidents in 2014 than the average in recent years, the number of fatal accidents...

  • TORONTO, March 8- A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying crude oil that derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama early on Saturday is still on fire, the company said late on Sunday. The Ontario Provincial Police said earlier on Sunday on Twitter that the fire was burning at 80 percent of full size and posted a photo from the morning showing...

  • Don't leave home without these new travel gadgets Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Sit On Suitcase

    From the trendy to the outright wacky, the latest in travel gadgets are on display this week at the International Travel Goods show in Las Vegas.

  • The company at the forefront of the race, Google Inc, is creating intricate maps that detail every tree and curb along the road- an expensive endeavor that other companies could find difficult to match. Raj Rajkumar, one of the leading experts on self-driving cars at Carnegie Mellon University, said the map-based approach makes sense for a company with Google's...