Automotive X-Prize on the Way

Once the rules are announced, teams will be signed up and begin competing sometime in 2008. Goodstein expects many of them to come from the automotive industry supplier basea group whose sometimes-revolutionary technical advancements often never see the light of day.

“We’ve heard the story over and over again: There is more innovation and technologically extraordinary breakthroughs happening at the supplier and OEM level than you can imagine," he says. "But it will never reach the market because of cost."

The Automotive X prize competition should give those brilliant minds a practical showcase and testbed for many of their ideas and technologies.

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