It's been well over a year since Dash Navigation unveiled its Internet-connected GPS device, and after months of beta testing, we're finally one step closer to actually seeing the Dash Express navigation system hit the streets. Today, the company announced that it's taking preorders for the Dash Express from its Web site, carrying a price tag of $599.99 that includes a complimentary three-month subscription to the Dash Service. Afterward you can choose from several plans to continue the service: two-year plan at $9.99 per month; one-year plan at $10.99 per month; or month-to-month at $12.99.
The Dash Express is unlike other portable navigation systems as it offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and GPRS, so you have an always-on connection to receive the latest traffic and map updates and local search powered by Yahoo. In addition, there's a Send2Car feature so you or someone else can send addresses from your computer directly to the Dash device. The unit is expected to ship in mid- to late February.
Just out of curiosity, how many of you are actually interested in getting the Dash? Frankly, I think the unit price is a bit high (even knocking off $100 seems a bit more reasonable) and I'm just wondering if this type of system is ready for prime time yet. Although I think the offered features are great, I'm not sure how many people will be willing to pay the monthly fees when perhaps on a day-to-day basis a "regular" GPS device will suit you just fine. I don't know...I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.