Important Update – We Will Soon Discontinue the CoPilot Blogs

Dear subscribers and visitors of our CoPilot blog,

First things first, thank you for your continued interest on our blog. We have some news for you – we will soon discontinue the CoPilot blogs. However, there are several other channels you can follow us on to see the latest news about CoPilot, get tips & tricks on how to use CoPilot navigation and receive support in case you have further questions:

Thank you for following us and we look forward to connecting with you.Yours,
Team CoPilot

Meet Your All New CoPilot RV

CoPilot RV, version 10 to be precise, has been completely overhauled*. It’s built specifically to meet the demands of you, the RVer. We’ve left no stone unturned to improve every detail of the app, from the driving screens and maps to the routing and menu options. CoPilot RV is now safer, faster and easier to use:

  • Strikingly simpler to use. Menus are redesigned to put the tools you need on the road a tap away. Enjoy quick, easy access to search and planning tools, mute directions and end navigation
  • Transformed maps. CoPilot’s non-distracting maps are now lightning fast too, with pinch zoom, fluid map panning and scrolling
  • Re-engineered ActiveTraffic. New, improved live traffic status sidebar, accurate ETAs that factor in live traffic conditions in planning and better re-routing around delays
  • More efficient route planning. Now automatically view and compare 3 route options with accurate ETAs for every route. Effectively plan even the most complex itineraries
  • Polished driver-friendly screens. Guidance screens are even clearer and easier to read and follow at a glance while driving
  • Easier destination search. A new search screen makes it easier to find addresses, search RV services and millions of Points of Interest.
  • More prominent speed limit alerts warn drivers to help avoid costly tickets

And much more, so jump in and explore.

*App update for iOS will be available soon.

CoPilot Tips & Tricks III – Customize CoPilot

We know that every driver is different. Whether you are a daily commuter, RVer or long-distance driver, with CoPilot you can personalize the app to fit your needs. Since the first version of CoPilot in 1997 (!), we have developed CoPilot so you can adapt the app to your needs. We are in good company when it comes to the trend towards software personalization as both Google and Apple have jumped on the bandwagon. Find out how you can customize your CoPilot:

How can I customize my CoPilot?

To start, head to the Settings menu. You will see the following options:

  • Map Display & Guidance: In this menu you can personalize the location info display, POI display (for example if you want to see all fuel stations on the map), zoom and rotation of the map, turn restrictions display and settings regarding ClearTurn and turn warnings.
  • Vehicle Routing Profiles: Create and name your own routing profile depending on your vehicle. You drive a car during the week and a motorcycle on the weekends? No problem with CoPilot: Easily switch between different profiles and customize routing settings for quickest/shortest route, congestion zone warnings, toll roads, ferries and overall road preference.
  • Safety Alerts & Warnings: Head here to set your speed limit warnings and activate safety camera alerts. Say goodbye to fines!
  • ActiveTraffic™: Who wants to be stuck in traffic? Enable ActiveTraffic™ and display the traffic bar to know about road congestion in advance and get automatically rerouted if there is a traffic jam ahead. Find out more here >
  • Regional & Voices: With CoPilot you won’t need to do any mental gymnastics to calculate your distance to destination in kilometres or wonder how much a 30km/h speed limit is in mph. Set your units to metric or imperial in this menu and feel confident if you drive in Europe. Additionally, you can use CoPilot in 32 (!) languages, so next time you want to brush up on your Spanish skills, head here 🙂
  • Styles: We know you have your own style, so you need a map that fits you. Choose between eleven dark or light map styles and customize your day and night interface.
  • Sound: You want to listen to music during your drive? Personalize your sound settings in this menu.
  • Data & Battery: We give you full control over how/if CoPilot uses data and your battery. You are heading to Europe and want to make sure CoPilot does not use data? Additionally to your device settings, you can de-activate cellular data usage directly in CoPilot or decide if the app should use low power mode.

Have questions? Get more information about customisation in CoPilot in our FAQs.

CoPilot Tips & Tricks II – Multi-Stop Trip Planning

Fall and winter can be busy periods for drivers: The kids are back at school and need to be picked up from their sports or music lessons. Christmas is looming on the horizon and so is the inevitable shopping spree. The holidays are well-deserved break to visit relatives or go on a small city adventure.

How do you find the best route to your destination when you have many stops on your way? With CoPilot’s multi-stop trip planning tools you can add up to 100 stops to your route and CoPilot will calculate the best route. Here’s how it works:

How to plan a multi-stop trip?

First, add all your stops (yellow dots) and final destination (red dot) by using the Plan menu and tapping Add Stop. You can use any of CoPilot’s search tools to find the correct address:

  • Home or Work
  • Address
  • POIs (such as petrol stations, banks, parking, shopping centres,…)
  • Recents
  • Favorites
  • Search Online

Once you have found the right stop, add it to your route with the blue plus sign. CoPilot lets you calculate routes with up to 100 stops (!).

How to bring your stops in the best order?

Now that you have added all your stops, tap the three dots menu on the upper right hand corner. Choose Optimize Stops to arrange the stops in the best order. You can choose if you want to include your final destination or not. If your final destination is your home or work for example, we recommend you do not include it in the optimisation. Select Calculate and you’re all set.

You want to find out more about trip planning? Check out this handy video tutorial:

CoPilot Tips & Tricks I – Traffic

You know the feeling: You need to be at your meeting in 30 minutes but you’re stuck in traffic. You are tired after a long day at work and your drive home is turning into a commuter nightmare. Perhaps you want to go for a long weekend trip, but one million other drivers had the same idea.

With CoPilot’s ActiveTraffic™ real-time service, you can see road congestion on your route ahead of time and automatically receive an alternative route to get to your destination on time. Here is how you can make the most of ActiveTraffic™:

How to get ActiveTraffic™?

If you are a CoPilot GPS user (grey app icon) you can test drive ActiveTraffic™ for 7 days for free within your trial period. Great news if you have purchased one of our CoPilot or CoPilot RV apps, you get 1 year traffic information for free. To buy or extend your ActiveTraffic™ for another year, go to the Main Menu > Store and tap on ActiveTraffic™Sign in with your Apple ID/Touch ID/Google ID. Make sure that your payment information is correctly set up in iTunes or Google Play. Once you confirm the purchase, you will see a green checkmark  next to the feature.

How to activate the feature?

Before getting behind the wheel, make sure to activate traffic by going to Settings > ActiveTraffic™ and tap Enable Traffic Service. We also recommend to activate Display Traffic Bar so you can see congestion on your route ahead of time. Please note that although CoPilot allows offline navigation, our traffic service requires a data connection to update you in real time. You can find out more about average data usage in our FAQ.

Driving with ActiveTraffic™

You have activated your ActiveTraffic™, now it’s time to hit the road. Once you have planned a route and you’re ready to go, ActiveTraffic provides you with a traffic bar on your screen to show the traffic along your route in a way that you can understand. Plus, you’ve got the most accurate ETA with real-time information for your drive.

Before you hit the road, make sure to check the traffic map by tapping on the traffic bar. The map will outline your route, show you the traffic nearby and display your current delay. If the route is looking too congested for your liking, just tap the Alternate Route option at the bottom of the screen. Incident reports let you know about detours, closed roads and other events as you drive.

Get traffic alerts with a faster alternate route option if it’s available.

If you have further questions about ActiveTraffic™, please visit our website or our FAQ. Happy travels!


Holiday Contest 2017

Stay safe this winter: Enter our contest now for a chance to win a winter car kit plus a CoPilot car or RV app of your choice. You can enter via Facebook or Twitter. Here’s how:

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  1. Click here, like CoPilot on Facebook and enter your email address
  2. Good luck!

Twitter Pic Twitter

  1. Visit CoPilot on Twitter and follow us
  2. Re-Tweet the following:

Good luck!

The contest closes on 31st December 2017 and the winners will be announced later on CoPilot Facebook and CoPilot Twitter – so remember to like or follow to check if you have won. Terms and Conditions apply.

Thanksgiving Traffic Travel Tips

No matter what your plans are for Thanksgiving weekend, it is very likely you will end up in your car driving somewhere at some point. According to driving group AAA, nearly 50.1 million Americans plan to hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend – which only means one thing…traffic. Thanksgiving weekend is one the most, if not the most, traveled weekends of the year. CoPilot can help getting you to your families or shopping malls quickly and efficiently.

With real-time traffic info you can avoid delays before they happen and make sure to arrive on time for the turkey! PS. Our real-time traffic service is on sale for 50% off – happy turkey day 🙂

Okay, now for some travel tips for Thanksgiving Weekend:

1.Fuel up beforehand! Gas prices might be a little high but fueling up closer to home before getting on a major highway will save you some money this year.


2. Avoid traveling on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Try and do most of your traveling the day of.

3. As just mentioned, the days before are going to be the busiest on the roads. You’ll start to see an increase in traffic between noon and 4pm. It’s best to hit the road in the morning or evening to avoid congestion. [source]

4. Wondering when’s a good time to travel home? That Saturday and Sunday can still be brutal with traffic. Either day, get on the road before 10am or just wait until after 6pm.

5. Last but not least, get an ActiveTraffic subscription with any CoPilot app install. Not only will it help you avoid the delays but you can see what’s on your route before getting on the road.

Learn More Here >

Fuel Efficient Trucking 101

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that,

​”Twenty-seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from transportation. Transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, just behind electricity. Between 1990 and 2015, GHG emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.” Source

More specifically, medium and heavy duty trucks contribute to 6.21% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US. But since the trucking industry is a vital backbone of the US economy, how can we reduce emissions, while continuing to move the industry forward and save costs for truckers?

Emissions generated by the trucking industry are not just an environmental concern: fuel efficiency also saves hard-earned dollars. In an industry where profit margins for owner-operators are getting ever smaller, every drop of fuel counts.

How Fuel Efficient Trucking Can Help Your Business

In the last few years, regulations regarding emissions in the trucking industry have become stricter. Additionally, diesel prices have been on the rise again in recent months and since fossil fuels are a finite resource, this is an additional long term concern. Increased fuel efficiency, which reduces emissions, is not just a way to address environmental concerns, but also a way to save dollars.

From Theory To Practice

Enough with the gray theory….how can we put increased fuel efficiency into practice? Big companies as diverse as Walmart and Tesla are looking at ways to make trucking more efficient. Several models of hybrid trucks and fully electric trucks are being tested or are already deployed on the streets. Additionally, the design of a truck can help reduce fuel consumption by using aerodynamic modeling. Another aspect is engine efficiency and using filters to reduce emissions.

However, not everyone can immediately afford to purchase the newest hybrid truck on the market. Fortunately, there are some practical tips for drivers to get more miles out of a full tank. First, remove additional weight from the truck to reduce overall fuel costs. Second, maintain a steady speed while driving, use cruise control and minimize idling time, to further decrease fuel consumption. And finally, plan efficient routes with dedicated truck-specific GPS navigation to limit out-of-route mileage.

How Can CoPilot Truck Increase Your Fuel Efficiency?

CoPilot Truck allows you to plan trips that are optimized for your vehicle, your load, and the number of stops you need to make. Save money by reducing fuel usage with less time wasted on out-of-route miles. In addition, you can enter up to 100 stops and CoPilot Truck will calculate the most efficient route by organizing the stops into the most logical order.


What’s New in Apple’s iOS 11

Apple has launched iOS 11 and we had a closer look at some of the new features and changes (see our WWDC overview here >). Here’s what’s new:

Do Not Disturb While Driving

“Do Not Disturb While Driving” is a fantastic new feature from Apple that will enhance driver safety by blocking incoming calls, messages and notifications while you’re on the road. Our developers have been driving with the feature already and really liked it. It’s similar to the night time feature “Do Not Disturb” that is currently available under iOS 10. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and you will be able to choose from three options:

  1. Automatically: The “Do Not Disturb” feature will be activated once your device recognises that you’re travelling at a speed which would suggest you are driving or in a vehicle (this could also activate while you’re on a bus or in the passenger seat, so use with caution).
  2. While Connected to Car Bluetooth: “Do Not Disturb” will be enabled if you are pairing your device with a Bluetooth car stereo. This has the advantage that it won’t enable if you are a passenger in a car or using another form of transport.
  3. Manually: Lets you turn the feature on an off manually

Once “Do not disturb” is enabled, you will see a message notification on your Lock Screen or in your pull down notifications screen that says “You will not receive Notifications while you are driving”.

How does this affect your drive with CoPilot? Most drivers use their device with CoPilot in foreground. However, for those that use CoPilot in the background, you will still be able to get voice-guided navigation if you enable it within the app. Open CoPilot and go to Settings > Data & Battery > Battery Usage > Enable background voice instructions.

More Control Over Location Services

Users will now have more control over apps accessing their device’s location services. If you have an app that uses location service, you will get prompted to choose from three options: Always, While Using The App, or Never. The good news is that this doesn’t affect CoPilot (yeah!). We have already allowed users to select the option ‘While Using The App’ in the past, not like some other apps 🙂

Shiny New App Store

The App Store has a new look and feel under iOS 11. Open the App Store app and you will now see promoted in-app purchases for apps that offer them, a new “Today” section and promo texts.

Updated Control Center

Good news for all Control Center fans, iOS 11 will bring the option to customize its appearance. To personalize your UI experience, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Tip: Add the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” control to the Center so you can switch the feature on and off with less taps.

Improved Screenshot Tool

Press the power + home button  and you will see the screen flash and a sound (as usual). Then a small thumbnail preview of the screenshot will appear. Tap on it and you will be able to edit the screenshot (write, draw, crop). If you decide to edit itlater, you can still do so by going to your camera roll and choosing the Markup tool.

You want to try iOS 11 for yourself? Download the software update for your iPhone or iPad as follows:

  1. Make sure you have WiFi enabled and enough device space
  2. Go to Settings > General > Software Update
  3. Tap Download and Install

What’s New in Android Oreo

The next version of Android has been released and there are some neat changes in store for you. We had a look and here is what’s new:


This feature has been available on iOS for some time, so it was time Google stepped up its game. Android users can now keep a video playing (for example from Youtube) while performing other tasks on the phone (for example check your Facebook). Great news for all the multitaskers out there.


Android Oreo brings more control for users over the app content in their notification panel. Additionally, you will now see “notification dots” attached to the app icon if there is a notable update.

New emojis


Last but not least, Google (finally) said goodbye to the legendary blob faces and adopted the universal round Emoji faces. We sort of liked them although it was not always clear what the Emoji you sent actually meant, making chats more adventurous than they should be.

Background activities

Google has limited what apps can do while running in the background. The Android devs hope that this change will bring longer battery life and improved performance. No worries, this does not affect your CoPilot app.

So how can you get the new OS update? If you don’t have a Google Nexus or Pixel phone and you can’t wait to try out Android Oreo, don’t worry. Google has recently launched “Project Treble” which allows users of other manufacturers to adopt new Android OS updates faster. What do you think of Android Oreo?