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Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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Past articles by Pete:

GM's Maven pulls out of Chicago, New York

Maven, the mobility brand operated by GM, said its car-sharing service will remain in operation in Detroit and Los Angeles while it discontinues operations in other major U.S. cities. → Read More

Ready for self-driving future? Sorry, it's drizzling out.

Even a little crummy weather might pose big problems for self-driving systems. New research from Michigan State University suggests light rain and drizzle can confound the algorithms that autonomous systems use to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. → Read More

Arizona plans public, private automated vehicle research hub

Arizona's governor signed an executive order establishing a public-private partnership that will form a research center and proving ground to help improve the safety of self-driving vehicles. → Read More

Ford F-150 stands alone in 'good' result on IIHS crash test

Ford has gained a big advantage in one of the most competitive segments in the auto industry. The company's F-150 SuperCab was the only one of nine pickup trucks tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to earn a "good" rating on an influential new crash test. The vehicle joins its SuperCrew sibling as the only large pickups to earn the organization's "Top Safety Pick" award when… → Read More

Pete Bigelow -Autoblog Associate Editor

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Rhode Island latest state to botch self-driving car law

Rhode Island is the latest state to consider legislation that addresses self-driving cars. Here's why the state's approach, like others, is a mistake. → Read More

Some self-driving cars see green light, others get a yield

A new government report provides a glimpse at which self-driving car companies will enjoy a head start on American roads and which face roadblocks. → Read More

Huge spike in traffic deaths is largest since 1940s

The latest federal figures show a 9.3 percent increase in traffic fatalities. Cheap gas prices and a strong economy may be to blame. → Read More

Can an abandoned factory transform into a high-tech hotbed?

In Michigan, state officials are hoping to build the world's biggest autonomous car testing facility on the polluted grounds of an old GM factory. → Read More

Ferrari's stock price falls off a cliff

The stock price skidded. The stock price stalled. Use whatever automotive analogy you want. It was a bad day for Ferrari. → Read More

A smarter gas pedal may help drivers save money at the pump

Automakers have done a lot to increase the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. A new haptic feedback pedal from Bosch may help drivers conserve gas. → Read More

Study finds more accidents after red-light cameras installed

Red-light cameras promise to improve traffic safety, but a new report from Florida finds crashes increased at intersections where they are installed. → Read More

Chicago cops are intentionally damaging cruiser dashcams

The Chicago police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald didn't have a dashcam that recorded audio in his squad car. He wasn't alone. → Read More

Collision-prevention systems put huge dent in crash numbers

4 in 10 rear-end collisions could be avoided if all cars were equipped with front crash-prevention systems, according to a new study released today. → Read More

Takata airbag kills Georgia man; more recalls on the way

A defective Takata airbag has killed another motorist, and federal officials have subsequently announced recalls that affect 5 million more cars. → Read More

Americans show waning interest in driver's licenses

A rising percentage of Americans are skipping the time-honored tradition of holding a driver's license, according to a University of Michigan study. → Read More

Automakers issued a record 868 recalls in 2015

Automakers issued more recalls than ever in 2015. Even as the number of defects in cars mushroomed, many motorists ignored potentially dangerous problems. → Read More

General Motors unveils Maven, its new car-sharing brand

GM unveiled its latest foray into the shared transportation economy Wednesday, announcing the creation of a new car-sharing service called Maven. → Read More

Don't hold your breath waiting for fully autonomous vehicles

With so much recent enthusiasm, it's easy to believe fully autonomous vehicles will be coming around the corner any moment. That's not necessarily the case. → Read More

Mother of GM ignition-switch victim: Let dealers speak up

Car shoppers don't get critical information from dealerships on safety concerns, the mom of a GM ignition-switch victim says. She's working to change that. → Read More