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Dash Express


$400.00 Released March, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Real-time traffic updates. Uses WiFi and cellular connections. Plan routes from your PC and send them wirelessly to the car.

The Cons:No web browser. Can't play video. Only works in US. Doesn't work in Canada/Mexico/Europe.

The Dash Express is the first internet-connected GPS receiver. The main benefit to the Dash is the real-time traffic updates that use the Dash Driver Network to show you traffic in your local area. The Dash Express connects to the internet via cellular or WiFi radios, depending on proximity.

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Product Shot 2 The GPS works without internet connection if there is none available. It's important to note that the internet connection associated with your Dash requires a monthly subscription fee ranging from $9.99/month to $12.99/month, depending on your commitment (2 year to monthly).

Features

  • Real-time traffic updates
  • Internet connection
  • Automatically updates maps, software and traffic information
  • Ability to plan your routes from your PC and send them to the Dash
  • Touchscreen
  • Stores addresses and favorites for easy access
  • Theft deterrant - allows you to shut down your Dash if it has been stolen

Specifications

  • 4.3" LCD with 480x272 pixel resolution
  • Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Plugs in to car charger
  • AC adapter included
  • Mounting arm, cradle and dashboard included
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery with 2 hour battery life

Developer API

Dash has embraced the open-source community and allows 3rd party developers to create software for the Dash. They support the GeoRSS and KML standards.

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Pros
  • 2

    Real-time traffic updates

  • 2

    Uses WiFi and cellular connections

  • 2

    Plan routes from your PC and send them wirelessly to the car

  • 2

    Lists actual gas prices in your vicinity

  • 2

    Real-time search

Cons
  • 3

    No web browser

  • 2

    Can't play video

  • 2

    Only works in US. Doesn't work in Canada/Mexico/Europe

  • 1

    Short battery life

  • 1

    GPS functionality is spotty

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nil0lab
nil0lab: #dash_express Let it do use its wifi for occasionally using a laptop to browse the web. Or include a browser. Why not give access to the connectivity? Even charge extra- I'd pay double the monthly fee to be able to browse the web when I need to kill a little time before an appointment. Jun 30, 08
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Erik
Erik: #dash_express

Cool concept. I really like the idea of a web-connected navigation system, and especially the ability to send maps to the Dash from your PC. HOWEVER...NOT IN CANADA or anywhere other than the US. Booh!

I would also like to see an open-platform that perhaps uses Google Maps and doesn't rely on proprietary software. And no web browser or video? C'mon..

Mar 28, 08
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