31 thoughts on “Dash Charts a New Course, Cuts 50 Jobs”

  1. I hope that this means we can look forward to a Dash Navigation App on the iPhone sometime soon – announcing that prior to the holiday shopping season could spark iPhone sales, giving Apple (and likely AT&T) a reason to approve such an app even though it violates the current development guidelines.

    Maybe as a hardware kit with a car adapter and a window mount?

  2. @Mike

    I pressed the company for more details on that but they evaded my questions which means it must be pretty far along and should hit the app store soon. I am sure we shall know soon enough. I agree – it could be a nifty and killer app on the iPhone platform.

  3. Dash’s hardware is 4 times the size of my Garmin nuvi and the physical nature of the device and mount is clunky and sometimes frustrating to use until you get used to it.

    The software, however, is a different story – live traffic visualizations, active route monitoring, custom DashApps (easy, open, and useful), and core auto GPS features. My software and traffic models have been updated far more often than either my Garmin or TomTom devices.

    I think the move is a great long term to dump the hardware, and there should be some smart hardware providers to jump onboard and license the software. My bet is that they have already lined some up.

  4. Om – that’s great that it could potentially be coming to the App store(s). At least it seems Dash has made the change early enough to work, compared to Tivo, who now seams stuck between wanting to be a hardware or software company.

  5. Seems to me this is more likely to become a G1 app than an iphone app. The device hardware is actually built by FIC and was developed on the OpenMoko platform – (read, it is already Linux based)and given the Google back end of the G1 it would seem an obvious and easy port to that platform. For that matter, Google ought to just buy up this company and turn the whole app out to the open-source community – now that would be progress.

  6. On android you need to run on Dalvik — it doesn’t really matter that it is Linux underneath, you don’t get to see it anyway. They can port to any open smartphone OS, plenty of choices already. That being said, it would be good if they were to expand globally as a software player.

  7. Get this running on a Windows Mobile phone, or even better on Windows CarPC front-end like Centerfuse and I’d buy it like a shot…

    Cellphone displays are too small to be good navigation aids, but being able to put it on a CarPC and slot that into a single or Dual DIN opening as part of a complete solution (ODB-II data logging and display, in-car audio etc) and I’d happily pay an annual subscription for up-to-date maps and great traffic info

  8. I almost bought 2 weeks ago, but after reading about bugs still happening to new buyers, I bought Garmin 200W as stopgap until web-connected GPS matures a bit. The idea is right, just needs evolving a bit more. I’m glad I waited, as suport for yesterday’s hardware is likely to suffer.

  9. This news creates a question in my mind. I’m using a DashExpress now on a 120 day trial. So far, I love it.
    The question is; where does that leave us as far as the continuation of the service?
    I recently returned from a 2 month deployment as a FEMA Disaster Inspector in Louisiana & Texas. Unfortunately, the Dash showed up at my home a week after I left and I did not get to use it until I returned. I was stuck using VZNavigator on my enVe phone. It worked and I’m glad I had at least that but it left a lot to be desired due to the small screen size. The turn-by-turn voice prompts in my BlueTooth headset were really all that I could use. The screen was too small to see anything useful.

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