Portable GPS navigators are a dime a dozen these days, and it can be difficult to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd. Dash hopes to do that with their new unit, because they’ve implemented cellular data and Wi-Fi connectivity that allows for real-time updates. What this means is that when you search for a gas station, it will also return the pump price (as well as the directions, of course). All those points of interest (POIs) can be accompanied by some extra useful info.
It takes the whole real-time traffic info thing to a whole new level, bringing up historical data so that you can better plan your trip. Going to be in Seattle in a couple of hours? Then let the Dash GPS check what traffic is typically like at that hour on that day of the year. Of course, it still gets the real-time updates as well (you can’t predict accidents and such). They’re saying that the Dash will even update itself via RSS feeds.
No word on pricing, but we’re expecting a production version (it’s the prototype that’s pictured) to hit shelves early next year.