BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) confirmed it recently acquired Dash Navigation, although RIM did not provide details on the purchase.
Dash Navigation’s core technology converts an Internet-connected personal navigation device (PND) into a roaming two-way traffic probe. The company sold such a PND last year that tracked its users’ road speed and location to create traffic reports that were broadcast to other Dash PND users. The device failed to win a broad retail distribution and was pulled from the market after only eight months. Dash said, at the time, it would focus on licensing its technology to other companies.
RIM is not stating whether it plans to allow its BlackBerry devices to become traffic probes to create a traffic service.