Drivers wanted: Be one of the first to road test the Dash Express

Dash Navigation announces a nationwide road-test program for its Dash Express GPS unit.

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Do you drive a lot? Thinking of buying an in-car GPS device? Or do you just love tech and have always dreamed of being a part of the product testing process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in a new program that Dash Navigation announced today. The company is recruiting 2,000 drivers to road test its innovative portable navigation system, the Dash Express, before the product is officially launched later in the fall. Just as a quick refresher, the Dash Express is the first Internet-connected car GPS system and offers Yahoo Local search, traffic information based on historical data and input from other Dash users, dynamic destination information (latest gas prices, movie times, and so on), a send-to-car feature, and automatic updates that are practically invisible to the owner. You can see the Express in action from our CES 2007 video below.

To sign up for the Dash road test, visit www.dash.net to fill out an application, and you'll then be notified by e-mail if you're one of the lucky chosen. Once you get the device, all you have to do is drive around and provide feedback on your likes and dislikes, rants and wishes. There will also be some weekly "homework assignments." About 200 drivers have already participated in early testing here in California, but according Dash CEO Paul Lego, in order to deliver the best product at launch, the company wanted to open up the program to everyone. Hey, sounds like a good deal to me.

Read the full CNET Review

Dash Express

The Bottom Line: The two-way connectivity of the Dash Express portable navigation system offers powerful search and traffic capabilities to drivers and increases the value of GPS to the next level, but the system needs some refinements before we're willing to invest in it. / Read full review

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Bonnie Cha is chief correspondent for Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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