The road to actually compete in the Progressive Automotive X Prize is a tough one. We've been following the competition since well before the official Day One, and we can't quite understand the difference between all of the different levels that a team can be considered. What we do know is that the AXP's judges are hard at work these days looking over the submissions of the Registered Teams, deciding which vehicles will be allowed to continue as part of the Qualified Teams. After the initial pass, teams with vehicles deemed good enough to continue will need to pass "an even more rigorous design gate later this Fall before being deemed ready to showcase their vehicle on the ground next Spring," writes Steve Wesoloski, AXP's Senior Advisor, Deputy Technical Operations.

An official announcement on the list of Qualified Teams will be made later this fall. At least, that's the latest schedule. Originally, the road race portions were supposed to start in New York City in September 2009, but this has been pushed back to sometime in 2010.

[Source: Auto X-Prize]

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