Write some code to save some folks some gas, and you might save about a quarter-century's worth, courtesy of Ford. The US automaker is getting closer to awarding its $50,000 prize for the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge, with the deadline for applicants coming up today.
Don't tell anyone who's focused on reducing distracted driving, but the US Department of Energy (DOE) recently held a Fuel Efficiency Innovation apps contest. So, while the winner might not do much for keeping eyes away from smartphones while driving, it might save some gas.
Remember when we announced that our sister site, AOL Autos, was giving away a Mini Countryman? That was the beginning of AOL Autos Giveaway, a new program in which the site will give away cars and auto accessories to its Facebook fans. At the same time, we at Autoblog ran our own series of sweepstakes and gave away fun stuff like a LEGO set and R/C car, and more useful swag like a battery charger and garage wall organizing system.
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The Automotive X Prize's deadline for registration has passed and now we get to wait and see just who's going to be actually participating in the upcoming high-mileage competition. The organizers say that the last few days and hours before the deadline were "an absolute firestorm of phone calls, emails, and overnight packages." From the looks of it, there might be 100 teams actually registered (40 already committed and then more than 50 applications that arrived in the last week), but somewhere
The panel of 59 automotive journalists which decide each year's European Car of the Year have narrowed down their selection from the initial list of 38 contenders to just seven finalists, which have now been announced. Along the way, some noteworthy new vehicles have been forsaken, among them the new Audi A4, BMW 7 Series, Honda Accord, Jaguar XF and Volkswagen Scirocco, but not everyone could make the short-list. Otherwise it wouldn't be a short list.
One of the teams entered in the Automotive X-Prize is from Cornell University and they have selected an unexpected car which they will use as their test platform. In order to meet the goal of 100 mpg gasoline equivalent, team members have decided to build a plug-in hybrid and have procured an old Geo Metro to use as their test mule. Members of the team are currently tearing down the car to analyze the mass of the components so they can make their competition car as light as possible. Other team
Not a big fan of country, but I have been known to slap some praise on the hood of the Ford GT. Country singer Alan Jackson also likes the Ford GT, enough so that he used his own personal GT in the video for his song Talkin' Song Repair Blues. That same car is now being raffled off with all proceeds going to the Franklin Road Academy, a K-12 college-prep school in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets cost only $20 and can be bought up until August 30th. The raffle itself will be held the following day
Are you ready to put your tailgating skills to the test? The Lifetime television network and official NASCAR chef Mario Batali (now that's an odd pairing if ever there was one) are currently looking for the ultimate tailgate party for their "Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship" contest. Entrants are required to submit a 250-word submission that details their top five tailgating tips and favorite, original tailgating receipe. Entrants are also encouraged to submit visual media such as