The Autonocast heads to Pittsburgh to get a first-hand look at robot city — the home of Carnegie Mellon University and numerous autonomous vehicle test programs, including Aptiv, Argo AI Aurora and Uber ATG. In the first in a series of episodes on Pittsburgh, Ed, Alex and Kirsten recount their impressions and their first ride on public streets in Argo AI's autonomous vehicles.

The Autonocast was recently asked by our friends at Securing America's Future Energy to participate in their Innovation Summit on Autonomous Vehicles and Next Generation Transportation in Miami, Florida. The event, which SAFE put on in collaboration with Nexus Global, was a whirlwind tour of the most important issues surrounding autonomous vehicles and the future of mobility featuring a wide variety of voices including Uber, Voyage, Cruise Automation, Ford, the Department of Labor, the World Institute on Disability, transportation managers from Seattle and Long Beach, a pollster from the Mellman Group and more. At the end of a full day of insight and conversation, we recorded a discussion that opened with SAFE founder and CEO Robby Diamond and then brought in a variety of the people we'd heard from to summarize the most important issues that had surfaced throughout the summit. The result is a very special episode, covering a wide range of voices and ideas, that we hope brings you a taste of what was a very special event.

Arming cities with the data they need to make informed policy decisions around the waves of new mobility options has become a topic we've discussed a lot recently on The Autonocast, and joining us to take that conversation to the next level is Dr Regina Clewow, Founder and CEO of Populus. With degrees from Stanford and MIT, research experience at Tsinghua, UC Berkeley, and the Union of Concerned Scientists as well as stints at RideScout and Moovel, Dr Clewow has been diving deep into the world of mobility technology and its effects on society for years. Now she's bringing that experience to a new startup called Populus, that gives cities the tools to shape policy and infrastructure around fast-moving new mobility technologies and today she shares her vision for the future of cities and mobility with The Autonocast.

One year ago today, the one and only Kirsten Korosec made her Autonocast debut and we finally became the podcast you know and love/tolerate today. The gang celebrates the occasion, discusses the latest Anthony Levandowski-related revelations, and welcomes Mike Granoff of Maniv Mobility to the show to debate Alex about the convenience of electric vehicles.

Deloitte brought The Autonocast to the latest Dreamforce Convention to hear a panel they put on about the future of mobility and cities, and the discussion was so good we recorded an episode with two of the standout participants. Joining Alex, Kirsten and Ed are Scott Corwin, Managing Director and head of Deloitte's Future Mobility practice and Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Together, these guests discuss and debate the synergies and tensions between public and private interests as the cities and mobility modes of the future shift from dreams to reality.

A few years back, when electric and autonomous cars were seen as the next (and possibly last) great mobility revolution, Horace Dedieu was already thinking ahead. What he found is what the rest of the mobility technology world (and venture capital community) has been realizing for the last year or so: micromobility is the more classical (and immediate) disruption of the car. The Clayton Christensen acolyte and famed Apple analyst finally joins the Autonocast to explain what micromobility is, why everyone's talking about it, and how rapidly it's changing how we think about mombility. Plus, he and Ed preview the upcoming Magical Mystery Plant Tour that will take them and ten other analysts and investors to car factories around the world this November.

As wave after wave of new mobility modes invade cities, city planners and transportation agencies have struggled to maintain a sense of control over what was once a sleepy bureaucratic endeavor. Now a host of new platforms and tools are being offered to cities that want to manage the chaos, bring modes together, offer a single payment platform, plan for the future and more. But, as Alex, Kirsten and Ed discuss, empowering transit agencies trades off with the opportunities for private companies that are trying to position themselves as one-stop mobility apps. Begun, the mobility platform wars have.

We recorded this episode, with the home robotics company Intuition Robotics, earlier this year while we were at Mobility Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Because Intuition is not making a product that is directly related to mobility, we weren't sure if the episode made sense to run here on The Autonocast, so we've been keeping it in cold storage. But after talking to one of their investors, Jim Adler of Toyota AI Ventures (Episode #106), we have a better understanding of why a massive car company might invest in a product like Intuition's... so with that in mind, enjoy this somewhat out-of-the-ordinary but enlightening episode.