US News: Dash Navigation ships first 2-way connected GPS device


Key features include:

TruTraffic – powered by the Dash Driver Network

Dash collects information from people driving real commute routes, during real commute times. Each Dash Express anonymously and automatically sends its position and speed back to Dash's servers, which update all of the other Dash devices in the area with current road speeds and up-to-date traffic information.

The Dash Driver Network provides coverage on nearly two million miles of US roads. The wider the Dash Network grows, the better traffic information becomes. Dash also receives traffic information from road sensors, commercial fleets and other sources through its partnership with Inrix.

Internet-connected – live content in your car

Dash provides the most current, locally relevant information by using the power of the Internet, including Yahoo! Local search and other trusted websites. This enables customers to find everything from the cheapest or closest gas stations, restaurants, parks or other facilities / POIs,

AutoUpdate – Advanced and always up to date

The AutoUpdate feature gives Dash the unique ability to automatically and wirelessly update software, maps and historical traffic information.

MyDash – Plan and personalise from a PC

The Send2Car feature enables customers to send any address from the Web or e-mail directly to their device in seconds.

"Personal navigation devices have to transform into dynamic services that go beyond simple directions and provide daily relevance to consumers," said Thilo Koslowski, vice president & automotive practice leader at Gartner. "Successful navigation offerings will leverage network-based and community-generated data insights to offer a complete navigation experience and to build the foundation for new innovative location-based services in the future."

Dash Express comes with a free three-month trial period and monthly rates as low as $9.99. Customers get data usage, including all map and software updates, traffic information as part of the Dash Driver Network, access to Yahoo! Local search and unlimited access to MyDash. There are no extra cellular or WiFi charges.

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