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Pete Bigelow

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Pete Bigelow is an Associate Editor for AOL Autos. He joined the company in January 2012 after working as an online reporter for Changing Gears, a public radio project that examined the reinvention of the Midwest economy.Prior to that, his roots were in sports journalism. A New Jersey native and 1998 graduate of Rutgers University, he covered the Denver Broncos for a newspaper in suburban Denver until 2006, when he moved east and handled Michigan Football coverage for The Ann Arbor News and AnnArbor.comNot a gearhead by nature, he's nonetheless got some experience in the transportation industry - Pete is a licensed commercial pilot and one-time certified flight instructor. He actually admits to being a Cleveland Browns fan, and lives in Dexter, Mi., with his wife and three children.

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    Featured: Congress skewers NHTSA's investigative competence
    Watchdog Agency Missed Chances To Uncover GM Defect, Report Says 1410908280

    NHTSA's incompetence played a role in allowing the General Motors ignition switch crisis to go undetected for years. Five months after the top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promised to reform the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe, it remains ...

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    Report: Federal Robotics Commission could accelerate arrival of self-driving cars
    'Much Is lost' In Government's Piecemeal Approach To Robotics, Report Says 1410891360

    Back when investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first probed reports of unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles, they ran into a serious internal roadblock. They lacked the expertise to examine the problem. They suspected a software glitch, but couldn't delve ...

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    Study: Risk of cyber-threats may increase as cars load up on computers, active controls
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    "You can have everything super-secure, but one part can compromise everything in the car, including safety." – Walter Buga Features in many new cars that are widely seen as the first steps toward a self-driving future may also making cars more susceptible to cyber crime, according to a ...

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    Report: Police officers using controversial network to keep tabs on motorists [w/video]
    Critics Question Constitutionality Of Nationwide Program 1410217200

    Information includes details like motorists' social security numbers, addresses, identifying tattoos and hunches about which drivers to stop. Law enforcement officers across the country have been using a private intelligence network to compile and share detailed information about motorists in ...

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    Report: How traffic enforcement has exacerbated racial tensions in Ferguson
    Minor Offenses Can Lead To Cycle Of Fines, Court Cases, Poverty 1409930820

    There are some towns in St. Louis County that have issued more traffic citations than there are residents. The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri exposed a long history of simmering racial tensions between a largely black community and a primarily white police force. Protesters ...

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    Exclusive: Toyota will steer clear of driverless cars
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    Toyota executives say the company's primary focus is on safety. At least for the time being, that means the company won't pursue development of a driverless car. Speaking at the company's advanced safety seminar in Ypsilanti, MI, Thursday morning, Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota's deputy chief safety ...

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    Report: End in sight for New Jersey's red-light camera program
    Gov. Christie Says He Probably Wouldn't Renew Pilot 1409783340

    New Jersey's controversial red-light camera program may be coming to an end. The five-year pilot program is set to expire in December, and so far, there's no indication state politicians are interested in renewing it. Gov. Chris Christie signaled his intent to let the program end last week. "I ...

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    Exclusive: How privacy fears are driving automakers in the age of the connected car [w/poll]
    Ford To Hire Global Privacy Policy Attorney 1409092140

    A recent GAO report concluded car companies don't adequately disclose how and why they share location data. As cars collect and store more and more data about the whereabouts of their drivers, automakers are responding to critics who say they should be more transparent about how those details ...

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    ETC: Why one Long Island county dismissed $2.4 million in speed-camera fines [w/video]
    40,000 Tickets Affected By Nassau County Glitches 1409088600

    The goal of speed cameras should be to improve safety and change driver behavior, not to make motorists feel like they're being ripped off. A speed-camera program in one Long Island county issued almost 40,000 tickets over the past month. They're all being expunged. A malfunction with the ...

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    Official: Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]
    Honda To Offer 12,000 Owners Free Fitment Of Upgraded Bumper Design 1408629600

    The Fit's grade on the small-front overlap test improved from "marginal" to "acceptable." Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Featured: Does Dollar Rent A Car routinely swindle customers via insurance scam? [w/video]
    Elderly And Foreign Visitors Especially Targeted, According To Lawsuit 1408477500

    In retrospect, Eileen McMonigal believes she looked like the perfect target for a scam. She had recently fractured an ankle, so when her flight arrived in Tampa, Florida, she needed a wheelchair to get around the airport. A young escort helped collect her belongings, which included carryon ...

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    Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted on corruption charges
    Feds Allege Redflex Executive Bribed City Officials In Chicago 1408020300

    A former chief executive officer of one of the world's largest makers of red-light traffic cameras was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, along with two city officials in Chicago. A federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the three, alleging that ex-Redflex CEO ...

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    Featured: New Jersey may shield drivers from other states' red light, speed cameras
    Proposed Bill Finds Early Bipartisan Support Among Lawmakers 1407524340

    The bill targets any speed-control devices that are capable of automatically producing a recorded image of an alleged violation. New Jersey may soon prohibit other states from issuing traffic citations to its residents for alleged violations that were caught on speed or red-light ...

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    Featured: Think air travel is risky? Try driving a car
    Aviation Is Safer, But Our Perceptions Of Risks Are Skewed 1407434400

    It was a terrible stretch for aviation. In an eight-day span last month, three commercial plane crashes killed 462 people. By now the flight numbers and grim circumstances are familiar: Malaysia Airlines flight 17, downed by a missile over the Ukraine. TransAsia 222, crashed on approach to an ...

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    ETC: Honda asking used-car buyers to sign liability document [w/poll]
    Issue Arises From Ongoing Takata Airbag Recalls 1406827800

    New cars under recall must be repaired before a dealer can sell them but used cars are under no such mandate. When it comes to informing the car-buying public about potential safety hazards on used vehicles, there are two emerging schools of thought among used-car dealers. In one camp: those ...

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    Official: Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]
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    Competitors in the small-car segment didn't do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned "poor" grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a ...

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    Study: Odds of dying in a traffic accident depend on which state you reside in
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    Motorists in Massachusetts and Washington DC can breathe easier on their afternoon commutes today. Their chances of dying in a traffic accident are the lowest in the nation. Drivers in West Virginia, South Carolina and North Dakota, on the other hand, may want to be especially vigilant. They're ...

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    ETC: Auto industry continues to grapple with challenges of cyber threats
    1405708200

    A car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an engine. A telephone is not a telephone. It's a computer that makes phone calls. A refrigerator is not a refrigerator. It's a computer that keeps food cold. And a car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an ...

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    Followup: Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill
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    At times, the proceedings took a more conciliatory tone than previous hearings. General Motors executives were back on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another round of testimony before a Congressional subcommittee investigating the company's delays in addressing an ignition-switch defect that ...

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    ETC: Kids group wants White House to address hot-car deaths
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    Cars come equipped with alarms that remind motorists to buckle their seatbelts, chimes that indicate headlights are still on after the engine is turned off and buzzers that sound if keys are left in the ignition, says Janette Fennell. Forget a sleeping child in the rear seats, however, and ...

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