It's a big day for the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) - we released the Draft Competition Guidelines for a 60-day public comment period. The Draft Guidelines are the result of a year long effort by the AXP team, with huge contributions from hundreds of individuals, organizations, companies and government agencies (especially the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation).
We like the results, and we hope that you will too. But we want you to know that the public-comment is not pro-forma. The current Draft Guidelines document is actually the sixth version. Along the way, we've had quite a few "Eureka!" moments - big smiles, high-fives, and the conviction that we had finally nailed it. But we hadn't, and perhaps we haven't yet. Our attitude is that we're entering another round of feedback from our advisors, except this time from a much larger advisory group: everyone that's interested.
So please send us your comments. We do ask that you try to understand our general goals and approach - we're looking for a balance that makes the AXP simple, fair, technology-neutral, and likely to result in a vehicle that is feasible to bring to market. We need this to attract strong teams and engage the public. We know we can't satisfy all interested parties, and we know that even our own principles will sometimes conflict. That said - don't hold back. Let us know what you think!