31 thoughts on “Inside Dash, Web 2.0 Thrives”

  1. It is cool and probably would be very useful but do you really need to buy a piece of expensive hardware and pay a monthly fee to get the functionality of Dash’s product? Can’t this same functionality come via a smart phone/pda on an EVDO or 3G network? I’m curious if there are there ads or can companies buy search placement if you did type in the word ‘sushi’?

  2. tomo

    since they are charging you for the service i bet they are not going to much around with ads. i think you are right about this functionality is going to be built into mobile phones, but there could different class of devices that will bring to us similar services.

    THis is a car device, and since I don’t much care for driving I would be happy with a mobile phone solution. A next generation blackberry or iphone could do the trick.

    Check out my other post on Atheros buying a GPS chipset maker. Your and my wishes might come true faster than you might think 🙂

  3. Dash Express is loaded to fascinate us with on the go telling us;

    * Better routes to get destination considering the traffic flow.
    * Better ways to get destination by giving us specific options to shop, eat and drink.
    * Better options to explore locality of route.

    Features which I admire most,

    * MyDash: Allows me to create button and upload to Dash device through Internet.
    * Send2Car: Allows me to talk to car from my laptop to updates like addresses.
  4. The device is pretty expensive, But what is the real deal breaker is the cost of the service. Granted that Dash did not really have too many options in its vision of a connected GPS unit.

    It could have gone the Kindle route and given access for free amortized by the cost of the device. Or they could have also used the cell phone data over bluetooth for connectivity. Either way at 600 bucks + 10 – 13 bucks a month – Expect a loser.

    Cellphone GPS does a lot of the same things as Dash except the community traffic routing, Though not as cleanly as Dash. However cellphones as GPS have a fundamental limitation of screen size and the docking/undocking being cumbersome. Thus like the mac mini as a media centre approachg expect it to be relegated to geeks.

    Looks like the folks at Dash have created a great product. Problem is that success is going to be hard earned.

  5. Great product and great review Malik. Ok the price is a little bit high and I don’t know if common people would be ready to pay 10 or 13 USD per month. Indeed if you occasionally use your GPS device, you will not see any benefits to pay for the service but if your job need you to be often on the road maybe you will be interested. However, I am happy to see a product that can make life easiest by using all the web2.0 data availables. Today with the web2.0 or web3.0 euphoria, many entrepreneurs are creating some pretty applications or websites but that bring nothing more to the users and don’t make their life easier. And I can’t see any future of these kind of application. What do you think?

  6. Yuvamani – This is Mark from Dash. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment of your statement “Looks like the folks at Dash have created a great product. Problem is that success is going to be hard earned.”

    Yes, it will be hard earned, and we will have to prove our worth in the marketplace. Hopefully you will have the chance to personally give a Dash unit a try to determine how we have done.


  7. It’s nice to see a company finally follow through on an effective location-based aggregation system. Everyone talks about location-based, personalized advertising, but really… why would I care about that? What I’d really want is a ‘real-time’ updating feed, particularly of travel warnings, traffic, weather, breaking news, and local blogs based on my location as I ride through remote locations… a feed that will go directly to my GPS device via a mobile (or even sat) network… and of course, I don’t want to build it myself!

  8. I’m looking forward to seeing the Dash system. It’s been a long time coming – a real long time – since they first announced the company, and it’s nice to see that they have the product ready for intro.

  9. Om
    Happy Festivus to you and all

    I think this is a great example of what will be more commonly available

    but in addition to the issue of price purchase plus subscription raised by others before me
    there is the question of the eventual redundancy with other devices
    as the phone platforms continue to morph to include, digital entertainment, GPS, computing

    the next thing I would like to see on the table is a bigger screen
    and voice activation – as opposed to typing
    and yes – more realistic pricing of the services

    Beam me up Scotty

    that’s my Festivus Wish

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.