March 04, 2011
What do you think is more useful in a vehicle for the warfighter: a removable door that doubles as a defensible fighting position when away from the vehicle, a tortoise shell-inspired rollover recovery frame, or a modular exoframe enabling multiple configurations and additional storage options? These concepts and more have been submitted by more than 100 participants in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) eXperimental Crowd-derived Combat-support Vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge. DARPA now needs your help selecting the winning design.
DARPA offers the public the opportunity to make a difference in advancing military technology and the process used to develop future vehicle concepts. Voting is now open for the XC2V Design Challenge.
On February 3, 2011, DARPA began an effort to engage the crowd in its latest challenge. The XC2V Design Challenge asked individuals to co-create a vehicle body design for two different missions—Combat Reconnaissance and Combat Delivery and Evacuation— and submit these concepts for vote. A month later, designs have been submitted, and DARPA needs the public to vote for the best design. Who votes? A community of servicemembers, race and auto enthusiasts, designers, engineers and YOU.
The top three designs with the most votes will receive cash prizes. The top design will become a reality as a fully functioning concept vehicle early this summer.Each concept submission will be scored for its overall design quality and how it satisfies the competition requirements. Winners will be announced March 15, 2011.
Join the Xcitement and vote today on the XC2V challenge webpage at http://www.local-motors.com/XC2V.
Spread the word and stay informed by following the XC2V challenge on Facebook
(http://www.facebook.com/DARPA) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/darpa_news) .
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