You may remember the Dash Express, the GPS with a special twist that debuted a couple of months ago. That twist is two-way communication, turning it from a mere navigator into a networked powerhouse… in theory. Well, the Dash guys dropped by our offices the other day to demo the unit in person, showing me its ability to get real-time traffic data and connect to the Internet. What I saw was impressive… again, in theory. Some Dashed-off observations after the Continue jump.
Again, in theory. As you might have guessed, you'd need a critical mass of people in an area using Dash for it to be of any real benefit. Dash reps told me the number needed isn't as big as you'd think but were adamantly mum on any actual numbers of how many units they've sold — numbers most companies are quick to cite if they look good. Draw your own conclusions from that.
One more time: in theory. In practice, the benefits strike me as fairly incremental (navigation is still the main feature, after all), but then again those increments could be the ones that alert you about a pile-up close to your house the one time it happens, or a great barbecue place nearby that just opened last week. For a mere $300 (the current price on Amazon), the Dash should definitely be on your shortlist if you're picking out a new navigator this summer.