At the Web 2.0 Summit, Dash Navigation showed of what it called the world's first connected navigation platform. The GPS device uses Wi-Fi and the cellular network to connect to the Internet. What's unique is that the Dash device can mashup with Web services. For example, with a Zillow feed users can see what houses are for sale in a given area or search for dim sum restaurants via Yahoo Local. It can also display event information, Craigslist data and traffic information. Dash is opening up its platform to allow third-party developers to create mashups with the system.
The company also believes that targeted advertising can be part of its solution. The Dash device will be available early next year. Over time, every car will be Internet enabled, but Dash is among the first to provide the Internet inside the car.