Dash Navigation Inc of the US has exhibited the "Dash Express," a PND that features WiFi and GPRS and supports Internet access, at the "2008 International CES."
Accessing Yahoo! Local from this PND, users can obtain information on facilities such as restaurants and gas stations as well as their positions. This PND can supplement existing PNDs, which have drawbacks including poor information on facilities, Dash said.
The PND also features a capability called "Send2Car," which enables users to easily send addresses from PC Web browsers and Microsoft Outlook to the PND. In addition, users can have their own "mydash" exclusive Websites, where they can configure regular start locations and destinations and share information with other users, for example. Users can receive traffic information and the latest software as well.
To use these capabilities, however, users must pay monthly fee for the information service. If purchasing the product priced at US$599, the information service will be available for free for a month.
If you subscribe to the information service, you can use the service for free for an additional two months. Fee for the information service is US$9.99 per month under a two-year subscription and US$10.99 per month under a one-year subscription. The information service will be also granted for free for one year, if you pay US$99.99 for gift.
The company has already started receiving advanced orders and is planning to start shipments in the second quarter of 2008.