MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and KIRKLAND, Wash.– Nov. 7, 2006 – Dash Navigation™, Inc. and Inrix, Inc. today announced that Dash will use real-time traffic flow data from Inrix in its Dash Express™ product, the industry’s first Internet-connected auto navigation device. Dash will use the Inrix data, which includes GPS-based probe data from more than 625,000 vehicles, to enhance its own Dash Network Traffic™ data, which is collected from the network of Dash devices that automatically report traffic conditions along their routes. By adding the Inrix information to its own data, Dash Express will offer consumers the most comprehensive traffic flow information and the most accurate forecasted travel times available in the industry today.
Unveiled recently at DEMOfall, and scheduled for availability in California in early 2007 and nationwide by summer of 2007, Dash Express will be the first auto navigation device that leverages two-way connectivity and the network of other Dash devices to provide consumers with the best routes based on current traffic conditions. As a result of the partnership with Inrix, each Dash Express device will come pre-programmed with traffic flow information – speeds on freeways and select highways – in 43 major U.S. metropolitan markets. Dash Express will be the only product of its kind that calculates routes based on real-time and historical traffic information. This means that the Dash Express won’t just route drivers based on speed limits, it will take into account the factors that affect the speed – time of day, commute and construction – as well as information from other Dash devices on the road.
“Inrix’s traffic data ensures that even the first Dash Express user in each city will receive the industry’s most accurate traffic and arrival time information,” said Dash Chief Executive Officer Paul Lego. “Of course, as new Dash drivers come onboard, more information is added to the Dash traffic network, improving the user experience for everyone.”
“Dash has developed the most innovative in-car navigation solution we’ve seen to help drivers dynamically reroute around traffic and leverage traffic information to save valuable time in their daily lives,” said Inrix President & Chief Executive Officer Bryan Mistele. “We’re thrilled at our collaboration and expect that the unique and user-friendly Dash Express will be a hit among consumers.”
Inrix is able to provide the broadest market coverage and most accurate traffic data to Dash through its unique Smart Dust Network, aggregating traffic information from over 625,000 GPS-enabled commercial vehicles and from multiple private and public sources of traditional traffic sensor data.
About Dash Navigation, Inc.
Dash Navigation connects people to the information that empowers them in their cars. The company is located in Mountain View, Calif. and is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Sequoia Capital, and Skymoon Ventures. For more information, visit Dash Navigation at www.dash.net.