Dash Pimps Your Ride into a Connected Smart Car
Sure, Xzibit pimped your ride with hydraulics, seat-back flat screen TVs, and a flame-motif paint job, but the new Android app Dash can turn your four-wheeler into a wirelessly connected smart car. It has been billed as a FitBit for cars, working in tandem with a hardware activity tracker of sorts to monitor and analyze real-time data about you and your car’s performances. With Dash, every aspect of driving can be more seamless.
That’s right—the vehicle of the future has been sitting in your driveway this entire time. Dash connects your smartphone (iOS coming soon!) to all car models made in or after 1996 with an ink cartridge-sized device that locks into your car just under the steering wheel. This OBD is the brain, connecting with the app via Bluetooth to unload data that can help you drive safer, save money, and stay social at the same time. Sounds good to us!
As we mentioned, Dash not only monitors your car’s performance, like alerting you when the “check engine” light flashes on. Many of its features are specifically designed to make you a savvier driver on the go, like helping you to detect crashes and find the cheapest gas nearby. But in an age when it’s hip to be super self aware—even in our sleep!—Dash’s most intriguing feature is that it completely breaks down your current journey in real time. View your mileage, travel time, how much gas you’re using (in dollars) and how many miles you’re getting per gallon all on the same screen.
Here’s the kicker: once you’ve reached your destination, your trip is given a score out of 100 to incentivize better driving (cue Driver’s Ed flashbacks). You can then compare your scores with friends who also use Dash and even earn virtual bumper stickers and discounts as your score gets higher—remember, this type of competitive driving is the exact opposite of Fast and Furious, so +1 for making a complete stop at that Stop sign.
If you ask us, Dash is a welcome addition to our activity tracking-saturated world. Besides seeming like something we could very easily integrate into our everyday driving routine, we’re all for making travel more efficient. After all, less time behind the wheel means more time to make!
What are the latest driving apps and gadgets every commuter must have? Which are your favorite to use? Tell us in the comments below.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!