Dash API Opening Up
Already one of the most “open” GPS companies around, Dash has announced availability of their API program to allow third party developers to add content to Dash devices. These “DashApps” can take advantage of the internet connectivity built into the Dash Express. Users should be able to start downloading content as soon as tomorrow. So what can these apps do? Check it out from their PR:
Speed trap ahead?
Furthering Dash’s belief in the power of a driver network, the “Trapster® Find Traps Now” button not only gives Dash Drivers access to Trapster’s information about live speed traps and red light sensors, but also enables Dash Drivers to contribute speed trap information back to other Trapster users in their area.
What’s that tune?
Mediaguide enables Dash Drivers to easily find out the names of tunes playing on their radios. By simply taping the “BakTrax Radio” button, Dash users can see a list of the last three songs that just played on their favorite AM or FM stations.
Is it going to rain?
Access live, local weather information with WeatherBug’s “MyWeatherBug” button. It provides Dash Drivers with up-to-the-second information about current and future weather conditions while on the road from the largest, most precise weather network in the world.
When and where is my meeting?
Access calendar events, then dynamically route to meetings with Funambol’s “myFUNAMBOL Calendar” button. It allows Dash users access to their electronic calendars (from virtually any source, e.g. Outlook, Yahoo! and Google) from their Dash Express. Calendar items are updated automatically and users can route directly to any address listed.
“Since the beginning, Dash has been focused on unlocking all the great geo-located content on the Web, taking it off your computer and delivering it where you need it most – in the car,” said Chris Butler, content development evangelist for Dash. “Dash is the first Internet-connected GPS company to open its service platform to developers and help consumers customize their GPS to their liking. These early applications are just the beginning – the possibilities are endless. The Dynamic API program is another step toward fulfilling Dash’s vision of developing the best GPS device for daily use.”