Mapbox announced the launch of Mapbox Dash, a customizable lane level navigation system for cars. Dash allows automakers to control every aspect of the navigation experience, including the map and UI design, and offers lane level guidance, live traffic, speed limit warnings, voice integration, rich places search, AR navigation, mobile integrations and more. It supports integrations into custom services like parking, fuel, AI assistants, and streaming music. Mapbox Dash is available to car makers as a subscription service with continuous feature updates throughout the lifetime of the application.
General Motors (“GM”) is the first car maker to adopt Mapbox Dash through the launch of its Maps+, a connected in-car navigation application built on Mapbox Dash. On April 30, Maps+ is expected to begin its rollout to approximately 900,000 compatible vehicles as part of select Connected Services plans. For the rollout, drivers will be able to upgrade their existing vehicle to include a full featured in-car navigation system with a simple over the air software update.
GM will launch an initial version with a distinct look and feel for their Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands. The navigation system will include lane level guidance, live traffic and incidents, Electronic Horizon for speed limit alerts, Alexa integration, rich POI search with ratings, pictures, and opening times. The application suggests gas stations when the car is running low on fuel and finds parking at the destination with a tap on the parking button. The search function stores favorite destinations and past destinations on drivers’ private accounts reducing starting a trip to known destinations to few taps on the screen. A convenient widget on top of the map offers audio controls for direct access to audio apps and FM/AM.
Mapbox Dash – Built on the Mapbox Platform
Mapbox Dash’s one-of-a-kind architecture allows car makers to quickly launch and integrate vehicle-specific functions. This reduces the launch time of new applications — from discovery session to customer release — to as fast as only a few months. Mapbox Dash accomplishes this by building on top of the Mapbox Platform with its highly modular architecture of Mapbox SDKs used by hundreds of thousands of developers. Dash implements on top of this platform an application layer that can be customized to each car maker, their brands and specific model lines such as EV, offroad, performance, and family vehicles. In addition, the Dash application can be combined with full custom software build outs based on Mapbox.