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September 10, 2008

Tellme Enables Delivery of Search Results Directly to Dash Express GPS Device

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Microsoft (News - Alert) subsidiary and provider of voice services Tellme, has announced that voice-activated local business search results from Microsoft Live Search can now be delivered directly to the Dash Express global positioning system (GPS) device from Dash Navigation.

Available to all Dash users, this feature will allow drivers to find their destinations and get directions without typing in an address.
“This support for Dash is our first move to connect with devices beyond the phone, and our first move into the car - a natural fit for the Tellme (News - Alert) service,” said Dariusz Paczuski, senior director of Consumer Services at Tellme.
He also said that Dash Navigation made this step possible by creating the world's first GPS device with a wireless Internet connection.
By dialing 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411) or 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355), owners of Dash Express can search for businesses by name or category, anywhere in the U.S. using only their voices.
Once a business is selected, the name and street address are sent wirelessly to the Dash Express device. The Dash Express then guides drivers to their destinations by showing and speaking step-by- step directions.
The search results, officials said, are sent through the Internet from Tellme's servers to Dash Navigation's servers, and then the Dash Navigation sends the data through a wireless network to the individual Dash Express device.
Unlike previous GPS devices which give users a single route from A to B (News - Alert), Dash Express delivers instant access to relevant information about everything in between and the best way to get there.
“Tellme is introducing a ground-breaking, powerful new way for drivers to interact with their Dash Express GPS devices in a 65-mph automobile environment,” said Robert Currie, president and chief operating officer at Dash Navigation.
He also said that Tellme’s announcement represents a significant extension of his company’s connected navigation platform into the voice arena, seamlessly incorporating the delivery of wireless information to the car via phone entry.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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