September 10, 2008

Dash Express - Voice Command - TellMe and Dial Directions Partnerships


Dash Navigation has announced that there are two new plug-ins for their connected GPS unit that allow you to send voice commands to your Dash Navigation unit. THrough the open source platform, Dash has allowed developers to plug into the world's first connected navigator. The first announcement is from DialDirections; this one is easy:

Dial 1-DIRECTIONS on your mobile phone, and go through the very simple voice prompts to get directions from one location to another. Seems like a stupid thing to do when you have a Dash Express sitting right in front of you, et? Yes, but imagine when you are away from the car.... Call 1-DIRECTIONS and if you registered your phone number at, your directions will get sent to your Dash instead. Where ever you are, you can get locations sent to your Dash.

TellMe - Dash Express owners can dial 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411) or 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) and search for businesses by name or category, anywhere in the United States, using only their voices. Once they've selected a business, the name and street address are sent wirelessly to the Dash Express device - often arriving within a few seconds - and the Dash Express will then guide drivers to their destinations by showing and speaking step-by-step directions.

Pretty cool stuff....

Press Releases after the jump...

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Dial Directions Press Release

Dial Directions, a leading provider of voice- entry for location-based services and mobile devices, is the first to deliver another industry milestone. Dial Directions' new service turns any phone into a 'remote control' for connected GPS devices and navigation services. Whether their GPS is near or away, owners can simply call 1-DIRECTIONS (or 1-347-328-4667) on any cell phone and speak their destination. The destination appears instantly on their navigation device.

Dial Directions' phone service is an effective service for hands-free voice entry for navigation solutions, without requiring hardware changes or additional costs. Manually entering a destination address is a distracting and cumbersome task that often requires pulling over and stopping the vehicle. Dial Directions solves this problem. Speaking saves time and frustration when trying to enter a long business name or spell an unfamiliar street via keypad. Moreover, with remote access, drivers can call ahead to tell their GPS where to go even before reaching their cars.

Dash Navigation is the first navigation partner to feature Dial Directions' destination voice-entry. Available immediately nationwide, Dash users can call 1-DIRECTIONS (or 1-347-328-4667), speak an address or intersection, and see the destination appear on their Dash ExpressTM GPS device.

"Dial Directions' innovative approach to address voice-entry using a phone call makes navigation even easier than before, and offers a new and exciting way to interact with the Dash Express," said Robert Currie, president and chief operating officer of Dash Navigation. "This announcement marks an important milestone for the extension of the Dash connected navigation platform into voice services. Dash is committed to bringing creative and compelling features to the Dash community by working with companies, like Dial Directions, that are pioneering new types of GPS services while remaining committed to high standards of performance, quality and accuracy."

To use the new service, Dash Express owners simply register their phone number with Dash Navigation at

A video demonstration of Dial Directions voice-entry for Dash is available at

Dial Directions is pleased to also announce a partnership with deCarta to offer destination voice-entry as a new capability for the company's geospatial software platform for location-based services. deCarta plans to integrate Dial Directions' voice recognition technology in the next generation of Connected Navigation Services.

"With a wide variety of location-enabled services potentially available to the consumer through connected navigation, streamlining the user-interface for ease-of-use is exceptionally important," said Louis Bouchard, director of marketing of deCarta. "Having Dial Directions join deCarta's value-chain consortium of connected navigation service and technology providers is a key component to increase service usage and user-satisfaction."

Offering consumers convenience, ease-of-use and safety are important considerations as navigation devices become mainstream. U.S. cumulative navigation device sales will reach 300M in 2013, according to Telematic Research Group.

"Our 'remote control' phone service bridges the gap between voice, mobile and location-based technologies," said Adeeb Shanaa, chief executive officer of Dial Directions. "This new service is another extension of the Dial Directions platform, which illustrates how our proprietary technology to provide a location simply by speaking, enhances the performance of GPS devices. We're pleased to support our partners in offering the next generation of navigation services."

TellMe Press Release

Tellme®, a Microsoft® subsidiary and pioneer in voice services, today announced that voice-activated local business search results from Microsoft Live Search can now be delivered directly to the Dash Express™ GPS device from Dash Navigation Inc., allowing drivers to find their destinations and get directions without typing in an address. This free feature is available nationwide to all Dash users.

Dash Express owners can dial 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411) or 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) and search for businesses by name or category, anywhere in the United States, using only their voices. Once they've selected a business, the name and street address are sent wirelessly to the Dash Express device - often arriving within a few seconds - and the Dash Express will then guide drivers to their destinations by showing and speaking step-by-step directions.

There is nothing to configure for Dash Express owners, beyond registering their mobile phone numbers with Dash Navigation at Search results are sent through the Internet from Tellme's servers to Dash Navigation's servers, and Dash Navigation then sends the data through a wireless network to the individual Dash Express device.

Dash Express owners can now resolve everyday navigation issues - such as finding a nearby florist on their way home from work, or getting directions to a coffee shop where they're meeting a friend - without having to write down an address and then manually enter that address into a GPS device. Also, Dash Express owners can search for a business before getting in the car by dialing 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411) or 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) from a wired or wireless phone and the result will be available in the device's "Send2Car™" destination list when they start driving.

"Tellme's vision is, 'Say what you want and get it, on any device.' Until now, our focus has been on delivering results on the phone. This support for Dash is our first move to connect with devices beyond the phone, and our first move into the car - a natural fit for the Tellme service," said Dariusz Paczuski, Senior Director of Tellme Consumer Services. "Dash Navigation made this step possible by creating the world's first GPS device with a wireless Internet connection, and we're delighted to join with them in offering a valuable new feature to Dash Express owners."

"Tellme is introducing a ground-breaking, powerful new way for drivers to interact with their Dash Express GPS devices in a 65-mph automobile environment," said Robert Currie, President and Chief Operating Officer of Dash Navigation. "Tellme's announcement represents a significant extension of our connected navigation platform into the voice arena, seamlessly incorporating the delivery of wireless information to the car via phone entry. Through Dash's open platform, we will continue to partner with industry leaders like Tellme to unleash innovative and useful new features for our community."

The Dash Express ( is the first GPS device designed from the ground up as a "connected" navigation experience. Unlike previous GPS devices, Dash Express isn't focused on giving users a single route from A to B, but instead delivers instant access to the most relevant information - including real-time traffic updates - about everything in between and the best way to get there. The Dash Express device is available now for $299.99, with three months of wireless service. Service then costs $9.99 to $12.99 per month.

Tellme's free voice-driven information service at 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) is available from any phone - wired or wireless - in the United States. Tellme also powers Microsoft's Live Search 411 service at 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411). By saying what they want in response to voice prompts, users hear spoken results in categories including business search, sports scores, weather, news, driving directions and stock quotes.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 10, 2008 9:04 AM

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