In support of developing the Automotive X PRIZE, the X PRIZE Foundation has launched an associated website and blog to communicate its “mission, goals, and discoveries”.
Announced earlier in the year, the goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to stimulate automotive technology, manufacturing and marketing breakthroughs that reduce oil consumption and result in a new generation of super-efficient and desirable mainstream vehicles that people want to buy. The competition guidelines for the Automotive X-PRIZE are still under development, and will be released for public comment when ready.
The X PRIZE Foundation is the creator of the ANSARI X PRIZE—$10 million awarded to the first private team to build and fly a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 km and then repeating the feat within two weeks. Claimed by Mojave Aerospace Ventures for the flight of SpaceShipOne, the ANSARI X PRIZE helped changed the perception of spaceflight.
The Foundation is also developing a $2-million set of awards—the Vertical Lander Challenge (VLC) and Lunar Lander Challenge (LLC)—to accelerate the commercial development of a vehicle capable of ferrying cargo or humans back and forth between surface of the moon and low moon orbit (approximately 50 meters).
Also under consideration is a GENOME X PRIZE to support breakthroughs in high volume and rapid genome sequencing.