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Overview: The Dash Express is the first two-way, Internet-connected GPS
navigation system. The Dash Service (subscription required after 3-month free
trial) provides TruTraffic--accurate and current traffic data, up-to-date
content through the Internet via Yahoo! Local search, and updates of map,
traffic, and software via cellular and Wi-Fi networks. You can even get
up-to-the-minute gas prices and movie times.
Connectivity: The Dash Express uses two types of wireless
technologies, Wi-Fi and cellular (GPRS), to connect to the Dash Service. The
unit automatically switches to the best wireless connection.
Dash Service: At the heart of the Dash Express is the Dash Service and
all of its benefits. After the free 3-month trial period, you can purchase a
subscription to the Dash Service on a one-year or two-year prepaid plan, or a
month-to-month plan. A subscription to the Dash Service provides the following:
- TruTraffic: Utilizing the Dash Driver Network, the Dash Express
anonymously collects and sends position and speed data from other Dash
Express users to servers at the Dash Network Operations Center. The Dash
servers then update all other Dash devices in the area with current road
speeds. In addition, Dash devices receive traffic data from road sensors,
commercial fleets, and other sources. Based on where the data originates,
the unit displays solid lines (live traffic data from the Dash Driver
Network) or dashed lines (historical or sensor data from other sources) in
color codes to indicate the traffic conditions: Green: Normal, free flowing;
Yellow: slightly congested; Orange: moderately congested; Red: heavily
congested. The Dash Express also offers up to three routes to your
destination, using the TruTraffic information to calculate an ETA (estimated
time of arrival) for each route.
- Yahoo! Local Search: Instead of a static database of information,
Dash subscribers have two-way Internet connectivity with Yahoo! Local Search
to help you find unlimited current and relevant data about businesses,
products, and services available along your route. You can get reviews from
the Yahoo! community to help you choose where to eat, sleep, or visit along
the way. Not only can you find gas stations or movie theaters along the
route, you can search for the cheapest gas prices and movie start times.
These searches can be saved, and used again and again.
- Map and Software Updates: Dash Express is the first and only
navigation device that uses both cellular radio and Wi-Fi networks to
automatically and wirelessly update its maps, traffic, and software. The
exclusive AutoUpdate feature improves your unit without requiring you to to
connect it to your computer or send it back to the dealer. Updates are
performed in the background, and do not affect the functionality of the GPS.
Note: Some extremely large map updates may require a USB connection.
- My Dash/Send2Car: With a Dash Service subscription, you can log
into your MyDash account from any Internet-connected computer to easily
manage and send information wirelessly to your device. If you'd like to send
an address to your Dash Express, you can log in to MyDash, type an address,
click Send, and the selected destination appears on your Dash device within
seconds. If the unit isn't on at the time, the information is cached and
re-sent the moment it is powered on. Furthermore, a software plug-in is
available for most web browsers and Microsoft Outlook (one is also available
for Macs) that allows you to highlight the address, right-click, and click
"Send2Car" right from the menu. This allows other persons to send addresses
to you if you're already on the road. Other MyDash applications allow you to
instantly access real estate listings and property details, access your
electronic calendar, find titles of songs you just heard on the radio, find
speed traps and photo enforcement camera locations, and receive
up-to-the-minute information about current and future weather conditions.
Note: The Dash Service is not required. If you choose not to
subscribe after the trial period, the unit continues to function as a
GPS device without the above-mentioned services.
GPS Receiver: The Dash Express is equipped with the high-sensitivity,
20-channel SiRFstarIII GPS receiver for quick acquisition of the GPS signals
from the overhead satellites.
LCD Screen: The Dash Express has a bright, 4.3" LCD touchscreen with a
glare-resistant coating, and a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels.
Touch-sensitive Buttons: Along the top of the unit, there are two
large touch-sensitive buttons. One button activates the on-screen volume
setting, where you can quickly adjust the volume of the navigation voice
commands from 1 to 11 or mute. The large Menu button activates the on-screen
Main Menu: The main menu offers the following options:
- Favorites: All of your favorite destinations and saved searches
are stored under the "Favorites" tab. You can add to your Favorites by
touching "Favorite" from any address card, search, or saved search.
- POI Search: You can search by category from the pre-loaded
database of one million Points of Interest (Airports, Banks, Food, Gas, Golf
Courses, Grocery Stores, etc.) or enter your search using the intuitive
"QWERTY" keyboard to search the Internet through Yahoo! Local Search.
Searches can be limited to "nearby" destinations within a 20-mile radius of
your position, or to locations in another city or state.
- Choose a Destination: You can choose a destination using any of
the following methods: type an address, recent destinations, address book,
browse places to go (same as search categories), or addresses sent to car.
- Settings: The Dash Express can be configured any way you desire.
Parameters that can be set include:
- 2D Map View: You can set the map to North Up or Car Up.
- Traffic View: The traffic view can be live traffic only,
traffic along route only, or all traffic.
- Brightness: The screen brightness can be set to one of 12
settings, or set to automatically adjust to ambient brightness.
- Day/Night Mode: You can select day mode, night mode, or
automatically adjusted by time.
- Turn Off/Power Down: You can turn off the unit through the
menu if desired. To totally turn off, the unit must be removed from all
- Manage Wi-Fi: The unit connects automatically to any open
Wi-Fi network. You can set the unit to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network
by entering the wireless settings directly into the unit.
- System Information: This page gives you the unit's serial
number and model number, the current software version and operating
system, map data, traffic data, GPRS, Wi-Fi status, Dash Server, size of
Address book, Available disk and RAM space, MAC address, and IMSI.