Dash Opens Up APIs For Its GPS Device to Developers


Dash Navigation is opening up its in-car GPS device to outside developers through an API program. The Dash already lets consumers create Yahoo map mashups on the Web which they can then send to their car. (Read my earlier review). Now, companies that want to create specific applications for the device, which includes a two-way data channel through GPRS as well as WiFi, can join the API program.

The company’s API launch partners include:

Coldwell Banker (real-estate listings application)
Funambol (personal calendar access)
Mediaguide (identifies names of songs playing on the radio by matching Dash location with database of songs on local stationsthrough the Dash’s microphone)
Trapster (shows drivers speed traps and lets them warn other Dash drivers)
WeatherBug (live weather condition)

I have a feeling the Trapster app is going to be a big hit. Companies or developers who want more information about the APIs can send an e-mail to developer [at] dash [dot] net. (I guess putting the APIs on a Website is too advanced for them). But opening the device up as a platform should get a lot of cool apps on there.