Guiding You Home – New Map Update for North America Available Now

Unwrap your map in time for the holidays! Get your new map update now to guide you home this holiday season. Bringing you thousands of new miles of roads across North America. We are happy that we are offering our CoPilot users a free North American map update to ensure everyone has reliable offline maps wherever they are heading to this winter*.

How do I install a map update?

Make sure you have the latest update for your CoPilot app installed and make sure you have a strong WiFi connection.

In CoPilot, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps. Then select your map region (e.g. North America) and download the map update when prompted. Find the full instructions here >

How do I check if I have the latest map data?

Go to Settings > About CoPilot. Here you will see the map data version number (2017.04). Find out more details here >

How do I manage my maps?

You can store maps directly on your device, but you don’t need to download all of the maps at once thanks to our intelligent map management. Once you’ve licensed a region such as  North America, you can manage which regions/countries, for example Midwest, you need maps for and save a lot of space on your device.

Map Coverage

You can find a complete list of all the countries included in our North American apps here >

*The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. 

CoPilot Truck Has a New Home

We’re proud to announce the launch of www.copilottruck.com – our brand new North American website completely dedicated to everything CoPilot Truck!

 

Here you’ll find how CoPilot Truck navigation works for fleets of all sizes, integration partners, and individual drivers.  Gain insight into our back-office enterprise fleet management tools, read up on commercial navigation best practices, and dive into our in-cab navigation features. Don’t forget to check out the resource library that includes training videos and in-depth feature sheets.

 

Sign up for our newsletter and stay connected to the latest CoPilot Truck news and updates at www.copilottruck.com!  

CoPilot: the Soccer Dad’s Wingman

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Find out how Chris (the soccer dad) used CoPilot as his wingman

 

With one daughter playing travel soccer and another playing travel softball, I spent my weekends this fall driving all over New Jersey and into parts of New York and Pennsylvania. CoPilot was my guide for all 1,000-plus miles in my minivan—yep, I’m a legit soccer dad—and I became a big fan of several features.

 

 

 

  • Trip planning & Trip saving: With the Plan Trip feature, I can map out my weekend route on a Friday night, save it, and open it right before l leave in the morning. (Often at 0-dark-thirty, before I’ve had enough coffee to do any critical thinking.)  The Save Trip feature allows me to keep and quickly pull up directions to fields we might visit two or three times a year—enough trips that the route is familiar, but I still need a little GPS refresher.

 

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  • Offline maps: One Saturday, our opponents gave us the wrong address for a field in a rural part of Northwest New Jersey that happened to have really bad wireless data coverage. Our coach called for the correct address, and CoPilot’s pre-loaded maps had us on our way, right away.

  • Speed alerts: Your mind can wander and your foot can get heavy after spending countless hours on the road to Mahwah or Morristown. CoPilot’s Speed Limit Warnings are a nice reminder to drive safely.
  • Custom locations: Fields are occasionally located within large parks. Once I find a particular field, I can create a custom location within the park, save it, pull it up next time we have to go there, and impress other parents with my local knowledge.

 

While our teams lost about as often as they won—sorry kids, keeping it real here—we were undefeated this fall in arriving to games on time.


Moral of the story: don’t be late to another game! With CoPilot, you’ll always arrive one time 🙂 

 

Operation Safe Driver Week – What YOU can do to help

Today kicks off Operation Safe Driving Week in North America and we have compiled a few tips on how you can do your part improving road safety!

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, started Operation Safe Driver Week in 2014. Since it has started, the number of vehicles law enforcement have pulled over has gone down, speeding has decreased by 6.3% and this all results in less accidents on the road [source].

 

However, there is still one big piece that the CVSA wants to highlight to all driver’s that would help decrease the amount of accidents on the road for both commercial and passenger vehicles.

 

The single largest factor of traffic crashes are due to distracted driving. The CVSA shared that driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of private passenger-vehicle crashes. The main focus of Safe Driving Week is to educate all drivers on ways to improve road safety and that starts with managing or eliminating distractions while on the road.

 

So, how can you help?

Help defeat distracted driving and improve not only your safety on the road but also the other driver’s around you.

Here are some tips:

  • Adjust mirrors and lighting before entering the traffic flow. Maybe even before leaving your driveway.
  • Program directions into the GPS before putting your vehicle into gear.
  • Eat a healthy meal before you get on the road to avoid eating while driving.
  • Turn your cell phone off or put it on silent so it does not distract you while driving (Texting while driving had 23 times more the risk of being involved in an accident )

 

While we are only recognizing it this week, we hope that everyone practices every time you get on the road.

Latest North American Maps Available

Get your new map update now bringing you over 38,000 miles of roads and more than 600 new POIs. We are happy that we are offering our CoPilot users a free map update to ensure everyone has reliable offline maps wherever they are heading to.

How do I install a map update?

Make sure you have the latest update for your CoPilot app installed and make sure you have a strong WiFi connection. In CoPilot, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps. Then select your map region (e.g. North America) and download the map update when prompted. Find the full instructions here >

How do I check if I have the latest map data?

Go to Settings > About CoPilot. Here you will see the map data version number (2017.2). Find out more details here >

How do I manage my maps?

You can store maps directly on your device, but you don’t need to download all of the maps at once thanks to our intelligent map management. Once you’ve licensed a region such as  North America, you can manage which regions/countries, for example Midwest, you need maps for and save a lot of space on your device.

Map Coverage

You can find a complete list of all the countries included in our North American apps here >

*The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. 

Size Matters: Customize Your RV Routing

We all know that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why CoPilot RV safely calculates your route based on your RV’s dimensions so you only drive on roads suitable for your RV size and class.

Here’s how to set up your customized RV routing profile:

  1. In the main menu, tap Route > Vehicle Routing Profiles
  2. Select RV as your vehicle type, tap View/Edit
  3. Choose RV Dimensions
  4. You can select from a list of industry standard RV dimensions or use the ‘Custom size restrictions’ option to enter the Max Height, Max Width, RV Length and Total Weight of your RV.
  5. Almost done, just enter a name for your RV profile and save it.

You’re all set. CoPilot RV is ready to take you on your next adventure.

A size too small? Then spring to bigger and better. Did you hear that we increased the maximum RV dimensions in our last update? We changed these to cater for drivers of larger RVs, these can now be set as follows:

  • Max. height 14ft, max. width 102in, RV length 48ft, max. weight 60,000lbs

Get the latest update from the App Store today. Android app update to follow.

Plan Ahead during Inclement Weather

Staying safe and alert during inclement weather while driving is important.

Learn more below on how weather impacts drivers and traffic flow:

Your Guide to the Holidays – Customize Your Perfect Route

So you’ve planned all the stops you have to make and you even added in the stop to grab a last minute gift. Now you’re wondering what would be the best route to complete all your stops and arrive on time for dinner? With CoPilot, you can pick which route fits your needs best.

You might want to avoid a curvy road if the weather starts to get a little bad outside or you really just don’t want to go down the street with all the traffic lights. No worries, CoPilot gives you three route options with accurate ETA’s so you can customize the perfect route for you.

 

No need to stress, you have a CoPilot this holiday season.

Top 10 Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready


With the season changing, driving requires much more than just being cautious. Sometimes you car needs attention too.

Here are our top tips to avoid bad surprises this upcoming season:

1.Plan your route ahead of time

CoPilot allows you to plan up to 52 different stops with accurate ETA’s for your entire trip. We’ll let you know how long it will take you to get to all your errands done and you’ll make it home in time before a storm. Preview your trip beforehand and make sure to keep checking your ETA along the way. Let others know when you’ll arrive and don’t rush!

2. Stock up on things you may need

Before you get behind the wheel, make sure your car is equipped with:

  • Flashlights
  • Window scraper
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses against low sun glare and snow blending
  • …and of course your phone charger!

3. Check the lights

Winter driving often means driving in low light, darkness, snow or rain. Regularly clean your car’s lights and check that the bulbs are in good condition.

4. Refill cooling system

Check your coolant/antifreeze levels regularly before you start your drive to avoid engine damage. Make sure that the car is cooled off before you remove the cap on the coolant reservoir. Here is a handy how-to video here.

5. Check the brakes & tires 

Leaves, ice and snow on the roads are every driver’s enemies. Good tires are therefore a must-have if you drive in the winter. Make sure to check that the tread is deep enough and that the pressure is correct. Also look out for damage or bulges on the tires due to glass, cuts, etc and replace if necessary. If you expect snowy conditions in your area, you might want to invest in some winter tires or snow tires.

6. Check all conditions

Weather, traffic, and road conditions will all play a major role in getting you where you need to go. Make sure to check those before you leave the house and have ActiveTraffic™ ready and activated. Find out more about ActiveTraffic >

7. Have the battery checked

The most common cause of breakdown in the winter is battery failure. If your battery already has a few years under its belt, get it checked and replace if necessary.

8. Replace Wiper Blades 

A clean windshield is essential for your road safety. Make sure that the wiper blades are in good condition and that the windshield washer fluid is filled up.

9. Tank half empty – Tank half full

Doesn’t matter how you see it – you need to keep half a tank of gas in your car at all times. This helps to avoid gas line freeze up as well as keeping your vehicle working during unexpected traffic or detours due to poor weather conditions. With CoPilot you can find gas stations nearby, along your route or at your destination.

 10. Stay home?

If you’re not comfortable driving in bad weather, just stay where you are and enjoy a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. CoPilot will be ready to go the next time you need to navigate anywhere.

For more safe driving tips, click here.

Discover Incredible India with CoPilot

headerTravel from the glorious heights of the Himalayas, to the wonders of the Taj Mahal, desert sands in Jaisalmer, palmed beaches in Goa and the panoramic backwaters in Kerala for an unforgettable experience in India.

Escape the cold winter for a sunny, exotic holiday in India. Travel further and spend less with 50% off India map upgrades in CoPilot GPS until November 4th 2016. Let us take you on a tour:

  • Best time to visit: Peak travel season is between October to March
  • Transport: Jump in an auto-rickshaw for short trips. Book a car with your very own driver for longer journeys across states. Or you can get a moped to explore like a local with CoPilot. Or just have some fun and ride an elephant! However you travel, let CoPilot guide you (& your driver) everywhere you go
  • Horn please: Drivers of any vehicle love to honk their horn, you’ll hear all kinds of different sounds so be sure to beep when you need to alert other drivers
  • Currency: The Indian Rupee (Rs) is only available on arrival so easily find your nearest ATM, bank and other points of interest with CoPilot
  • Language: Finding your way around can be a challenge, with street signs often not visible or in Hindi/state language, find landmarks and let CoPilot show you the way in your own language

For Adventure Seekers

Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Mother Nature’s Glory

Surrounded by high peaks, fresh rivers and steep forested hillsides, Manali’s landscape draws in  adventurers searching for cool air and snowy mountains.

  • Good for: Nature, trekking, climbing, skiing, rafting and honeymoon
  • Things to do: Rejuvenate in hot water springs and baths, spot the wildlife, explore the old Manali and enjoy the laid back vibe in cafes.

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For Travelers

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – The Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the River Ganges with surrounding lush green forests. It’s known as the birthplace of yoga and has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up in the town during the late ‘60s.  

  • Good for: Nature, yoga, meditation, white-water rafting
  • Things to do: Explore around Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula bridges, visit ancient temples, shop for ethnic arts and handcrafts and bathe in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat.

For Historical Monuments

Agra, Uttar Pradesh – A Point on the Tourist Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a circuit through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur covering the three most visited cities in the north-west of India.

  • Good for: History, architecture, romance
  • Things to do: Agra attracts tourists from around the world to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Architectural marvels also include the Agra Fort and moghul empire tombs. Also, shop for handcrafts at bustling bazaars.

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For City Life

Mumbai, Maharashtra – The City of Dreams

Visit the wonderful, diverse and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. 

  • Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, heart of the bollywood film industry plus a hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
  • Good for: history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, spotting celebrities, street food
  • Things to do: Mumbai’s chief “sight” is enjoying it’s street life. You can also wander along the boulevard at Marine Drive, see the arch of triumph Gateway of India monument , feel the sand between your toes at the popular Juhu Beach, spot the wildlife at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, shop for the trendiest clothes in Fashion street, Colaba or Bandra district, then end the night partying with the stars at Enigma nightclub.
  • Nearby places: Visit the spectacular ancient art sculptures and paintings of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For Couples

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Golden City

Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and gets its name of the golden city from the golden honey coloured sandstone used for construction of the buildings.

  • Good for: Nature, history, architecture
  • Things to do: Stay in the Jaisalmer Fort, climb on a camel on a desert safari adventure, watch the sunset on sand dunes or take in the sights of the spectacular havelis.

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For Beach Lovers

Goa, Maharashtra – Exotic Beaches

Tucked away into India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with idyllic turquoise waters and white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms.

  • Good for: Beaches, nature, nightlife, carnivals and new year’s celebrations
  • Best beaches: Popular long sandy beaches in the north are Arambol, Baga, Calangute and Candolim. More quiet beaches in the South incl Agonda, Palolem, Patnem and Varca beaches.
  • Things to do: Relax on the beach, take a tour of a spice plantation, see the impressive sights of Dudhsagar Waterfall, go island hopping by boat, explore the stunning cathedrals in Old Goa, stroll down the picturesque streets of the old portuguese quarter of Panjim, shop for handicrafts, jewellery and clothing at Anjuna’s famous flea market (every Wednesday) or dance the night away on the clubbing strip or beach shacks in Baga Beach.

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