Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessThanks to Yahoo's partnership with Dash Navigation, you can now have Yahoo Local search in your car. Dash is calling the feature a GPS-industry first and at least one analyst shares the company's optimism.
Dash's in-car GPS device, the Dash Express, will allow users to search the Web with Yahoo Local. Results will return formatted into address cards presented as a listing of nearby businesses. Dash said that the device will sometimes display Yahoo Local ratings and reviews with the results.
Talks between Dash and Yahoo (Quote) began last fall, Dash Navigation Vice President of Marketing Robert Ackers told internetnews.com. Local search was an "obvious extension" to a GPS system that helps drivers get where they want to go, he added.
JupiterKagan analyst Sapna Satagopan told internetnews.com she shares Ackers's enthusiasm. Bringing local search to GPS devices solves a big problem for Yahoo's relatively new mobile marketing business.
The bonus for Yahoo, Satagopan said, is that not only will it be able to tout a new group of searchers, but its sales people will be able to assure marketers that these aren't ordinary searchers.