August 29, 2006

More News on Dash - Aware GPS Systems

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In more news on Dash, we learn a bit more about the company that takes up residence in Mountain View CA. With only 44 employees that have been working for the last 3 years on what they hope to be a ground breaking product and service, they sure are making a splash in the news. As BusinessWeek talked this past weekend, and I posted yesterday, Dash is looking at networking location aware equipment to that you learn about traffic jams from other GPS users.

Your GPS will learn real-tie traffic issues from others on the road ahead of you. I did a patent search and found a few issued patents on car networks and ways for onboard devices to communicate.


It appears that these units would communicate with the internet via cell or WiFi networks, which would make for some interesting coverage aspects. (WiFi would work well in their hometown where Google is providing free coverage.) My fear is that with a poor market entry, you would be relying on too few Dash units out there, and thus your network would be poor. You need a huge input pipe to get this “Network Effect” to provide great coverage, like anonymous cell phone tracking (Traffic.com is using this now) to watch how fast cell phones progress down a street and then interpret that as traffic flow.

Anyway, stay tuned; this looks interesting. The appear to be well capitalized, so they are here for a while.

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 29, 2006 10:17 AM

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