Just before the big Autonocast CES party, Sterling Anderson joined the gang at their lavish Las Vegas suite to discuss his earlier work with augmented driving, why he moved into Level 4 autonomy, how to think about California's autonomous testing disengagement reports and how Aurora approaches development and validation. Plus, why you won't see Aurora participating in any cross-country autonomous cannonball races.

The second half of our conversations from the Micromobility California Conference really gets into the meat of The Great Scooter Boom, discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of the hottest trend in mobility technology. That means everything from unit economics and infrastructure to charger fraud, theft and regulatory compliance. To tackle all this we're joined by an all-star group of scooter mavens: Reilly Brennan, of Trucks VC (and godfather of The Autonocast), Michael Naka of RideReport and the Movements newsletter, and Victor Pontis of ScooterMap. 

The Autonocast comes to you this week from the first Micromobility California Conference, held at a former Ford Model A factory on the San Francisco Bay. After Alex, Kirsten and Ed catch up, the gang is joined by all-round transportation expert Courtney Erlichman of The Erlichman Group and the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force to discuss how cities can balance the needs of autonomous vehicles and micromobility. Later we check in with two tweet-happy lawyers, Jim McPherson (aka @SafeSelfDrive) and Jesse Halfon, to find out if lawyers are going to ruin scooters for everyone.

With fully autonomous vehicles mired in the trough of disillusionment, the industry's focus is shifting towards shorter-term opportunities to use sensor and AI technology to improve human driving performance. To understand where this trend is going, we invited three companies working in this area to stop by our car-based recording studio on the CES floor: we spoke with Nick DiFiore from Seeing Machines, Rana el Kaliouby of Affectiva and Neil Boehm of Gentex. In this free-flowing conversation, we discuss everything from driver monitoring to emotional recognition to the future of rear-view mirrors, all with an eye toward Alex's paradigm of augmented driving.

Our PAVE doubleheader rolls on, as we are joined from the CES show floor by Kelly Nantel of the National Safety Council and returning guest Avery Ash of INRIX. Both members of the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, Ash and Nantel explain what issues PAVE is trying to address, which audiences it is targeting, how it will try to reach these constituencies and why it will try to listen as much as speak. 

Recorded live from the show floor at CES 2019, The Autonocast is joined in our Ford Fusion by two distinguished doctors: Dr Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer at Zoox and former NHTSA Administrator, and Dr Jeffrey Michael of Johns Hopkins University. The two good doctors joined us to discuss their participation in Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) and the perceptions and realities of automated vehicle safety.

The Autonocast's CES coverage rolls on, with another conversation recorded from our Ford Fusion on the show floor courtesy of Avis Budget Group. This time we are joined by the sponsor of our CES party Ro Gupta of Carmera, as well as Chris Heiser and Jason Stinson of Renovo, who talk about the subdued tone around the autonomous car and mobility technology sector at this year's CES. We were all a little bit tired and drained from the amazing party that we threw the night before with Carmera, but that didn't stop us from coming to a provocative insight into the much-discussed autonomous drive "trough of disillusionment": behind the ups and downs of public perception, a lot of business and investment in the space continues as usual. Maybe we're actually overhyping the hype cycle? 

Our very own Alex Roy talks about his new gig as Director of Special Operations at Argo AI, becoming a father, and how his contributions to The Autonocast (and elsewhere) will change. A brief discussion covering the show's partnerships and ethical considerations ensues, before we begin our CES coverage by talking to... our coverage sponsor! Jeff Kaelin, VP of Product Development at Avis Budget Group, and Jeff Pruse, head of product and customer experience at Zipcar, join the show from an Avis car on the floor at CES to talk about fleet management and the future of car rental.

As another year winds to a close, we look back not just on the last year but on the changes that have swept the autonomous drive technology space from 2016 through 2018. Two years ago, self-driving cars were at the peak of their hype and as we examine the past we discuss what we've learned along the way. Plus, the one and only George Hotz joins in to discuss the return of Mr 2016 himself, Anthony Levandowski, who is back with another autonomous drive startup apparently built (at least in part) on Hotz's open-source technology.