Meet Your All New CoPilot Truck

Meet your all new CoPilot Truck. CoPilot Truck version 10 to be precise, and it’s a complete overhaul built specifically to meet the demands of you, the trucker. 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 Truck 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 truck services and millions of Points of Interest.
  • More prominent speed limit alerts warn truckers to help avoid costly tickets.
  • Now with even clearer truck warnings to keep you safe along the way

And much more, so jump in and explore. Share your experience with a review on the AppStore or PlayStore.

Safe, Safer, Safest – Innovations in Truck Safety


In the last few years, the trucking industry has undergone some serious changes: From the emergence of electric trucks (see Mercedes, Tesla) to the digitalization of the truck cabin. But what about innovations when it comes to safety?

In the US, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported a staggering number of 4,209 bridge strikes in 2014. The FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) statistic shows that,

“There were 11.2 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2015, a 6-percent increase from 2010” (Source)

Needless to say, truck safety is a vital issue for truckers and road users in general. So, what are some of the innovations that can help improve road safety?

I Spy With My Little Eye

One of the biggest safety concerns for truck drivers are blind spots. The most obvious help for a driver’s visibility are the good old mirrors. For increased safety, drivers should install the full set of mirrors including front projection mirror, side close proximity mirror, wide angle rear view mirror and of course the plain rear view mirror. Additionally, truckers can use blind spot detection systems. Ultrasonic sensors can detect obstacles in the rear, front corner or side of the vehicle and warn with an alarm. Plus, there are side view and 360 degree cameras that provide the driver with visibility when reversing or performing a difficult turn. Some manufacturers have gone a step further and trialled a rear screen that helps car drivers overtake trucks. Samsung has shown how technology can help all road users:

Driver Controls

What are some of the safety systems the big truck manufacturers have been integrating into their vehicles? Thanks to advanced camera, GPS, radar and sensor technology, truckers can take advantage of a variety of systems to help them arrive safely.

Cruise control anticipates the road and vehicle traffic ahead; Lane departure warnings alert the driver if there is an unintended lane change; Vehicle stability systems help keep the truck in balance in case of a sharp turn; Advanced braking warns the driver if there is an obstacle ahead and will brake if the limit is exceeded.

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

We’ve come a long way since paper maps. Since the emergence of PCs in the 90s and mobile devices on the 00s, fleet management and trucking has changed significantly. The humble paper map has been replaced by mobile devices that not only show you a map but give you instructions, warnings and optimized routes.

Mobile truck-specific navigation apps have been available for many years now, but some drivers still use GPS navigation that is not suitable for larger vehicles. The danger? Directions from a car GPS will route you down narrow roads or bridges that are truck-restricted. The best case is a hefty fine, the worst case an accident with vehicle damage or even injury. So make sure you are using navigation and routing suitable for commercial vehicles.

Drive safely 🙂

Resources
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/21-10-2013-lorry-fatalities-research
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/safer-trucks
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/understanding-direct-and-direct-vision-from-hgvs-summary.pdf
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/21-10-2013-lorry-fatalities-research
http://www.orsa.org.uk/facts-and-figures/crash-and-casualty-data/
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/556396/rrcgb2015-01.pdf

On the Move This Summer – Part 2

Need a map that fits your phone?

Joe  made sure to download the Eastern region, pretty much just the states they would need coverage for. With CoPilot RV they’ll never lose reception, their way around plus they can save more money for their adventures instead of a big cell phone bill.

You may be asking yourself, so it’s a nice trip – what’s different here?

Safe, reliable routing is a must-have for RVers

Joe and his wife have used other navigation apps before but ran into the problem no RVer ever wants to have…being routed down a road that is not safe for RVs. It does happen, but it should never happen to you.

How does Joe avoid this? He simply enters the vehicle dimensions into CoPilot RV and creates a routing profile specific to his RV. Wait, you can put in your exact weight, height and length in CoPilot RV? Yep. And you won’t be routed down an unsafe road? Yep.

Every trip you take is a journey and with all the planning – the journey will soon become your destination. Enjoy the adventures, appreciate the time with your family and by the end of it…you’ll be planning the next one! Get CoPilot RV and start your next journey.

See part 1 here >

Every Trip Is a Journey – Part 2

Can you walk the walk?

When you are in Ireland, you might want to get outside and take a look around the beautiful scenery. But how do you get around? Walking mode on CoPilot will navigate you even without a car. Tom used the walking mode at least 3 or 4 times to stay on track and not get lost on a Dublin side street after an unusually long visit to the Guinness brewery.

So you may be asking yourself: who won the super traveler award?

Tom came in first place by saving the trip with reliable navigation. The drivers of the other cars asked Tom how to get CoPilot on their smartphones so the downloads began at the next good WiFi spot (good WiFi is hard to find).

Every trip you take is a journey and with all the planning – the journey will soon become your destination. Enjoy the adventures, appreciate the time with your family and by the end of it…you’ll be planning the next one! Get CoPilot and start your next journey.

See part 1 here >

On the Move This Summer – Part 1

Joe and his family will make their way from New Jersey all the way to Canada, through the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. Sounds like an awesome trip, right?

Trip planning: Where to go?



The one thing they’ve made sure to take care of before leaving is planning their entire trip. All their stops, all their adventures, pre-planned. Wait, you can plan the most epic journey of all time with over 50 stops in ONE app? Yep. Grand Canyon? Yep. Yellowstone National Park? Yep.

Easily change your route for a well-deserved break from behind the wheel


You might be thinking: What if Joe needs to find a place to rest sooner than the one they planned? Let’s be honest, there are times you need a little break. Well, you can easily find RV parks and places or even your wife’s preferred Cracker Barrel to refuel yourself.  This way, the kids won’t be cranky and everyone will stay happy.

Alright…back to the trip planning. group1

Not only did Joe plug in all their stops but he definitely didn’t want to get lost when the cell signal gets spotty. Especially when cell phone data these days is like gold. 

Stay tuned to find out how the journey continued….

 

Every Trip Is a Journey – Part 1


Meet Tom. He just returned from a wonderful 2 week trip in Ireland. With 4 rental cars and 10 people – I mean come on, who doesn’t love a family vacation?

Trip planning: Where to go?

Tom used CoPilot for 18 trips to different destinations across the country. These trips included finding the typical rural towns throughout his journey, provided Tom spelled them correctly. With CoPilot he just had to type in the name of the place and the city…it’s that easy.

All of the tech savvy people had their own navigation system so they could show it off and win the super traveler award but Tom kept a low profile.  After a few trips to places like the Blue Stack mountains, the bad routes from the first car using an alternative GPS app (you know that one that uses wifi…that rhymes with ‘Oogle’)  brought everyone to a screeching halt.

This is when things get interesting…

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His brother-in-law got kicked out of the first car and had to walk along the edge of a cliff to Tom’s car.  He asked Tom to swap with him in the front car and told Tom to bring his phone with CoPilot.  I think it’s safe to say, the previously mentioned GPS app was not working. Driving in and out of cell signals only leads to one thing-you get lost!

With CoPilot, Tom knew he would be safe with offline navigation for the rest of the trip. Stay tuned to find out how Tom’s journey continued…

 

Download CoPilot GPS Now for a Chance to Win

The journey is the destination this summer! Download CoPilot GPS now for a chance to win a great prize for your travels: A summer travel pack including a travel hammock, car mount and CoPilot app of your choice.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download CoPilot GPS on the App Store or Google Play Store
  2. Make sure to create a CoPilot ID to enter the prize draw
  3. Like and share the contest with your friends and family through CoPilot Facebook or CoPilot Twitter

The sweepstake closes on July 31st, 2017 and the winner will be announced later on the CoPilot Facebook page and CoPilot Twitter. Remember to like or follow to check if you have won. You can find the full Terms and Conditions here >

Good luck!

Test Drive The New CoPilot Truck GPS App For iOS

Calling all iPhone and iPad truck drivers: The new CoPilot Truck GPS app for iOS is now available to download! Drivers can hit the road with confidence, knowing that CoPilot Truck GPS  provides them with industry standard offline truck navigation and commercial vehicle route planning powered by PC*MILER.

So…what’s in it for you, the truck driver?

Enhanced Driver Safety

Driver distraction has remained a huge concern among truck drivers. A redesigned safety view allows drivers to focus on the most important thing, driving. The improved safety view provides you all the information you need such as next turn, ETA, speed limits, distance and any approaching delays. 

Powerful Route Planning Powered by PC*MILER

With industry standard PC*MILER  routing, CoPilot Truck calculates your route according to your vehicle size/class and the load you’re hauling to ensure you’re always safe and compliant while avoiding costly fines or vehicle damage. A choice of 3 routes and comprehensive multi-stop trip planning for up to 100 stops. Plan or modify all your routes with our trip optimization feature and CoPilot Truck will put them in the best order.

Simplified Menus for a Driver-friendly Interface

CoPilot Truck’s user interface has been completely redesigned to put the tools drivers need on the road a tap away. Providing you with quick, easy access to search and planning tools…enabling you to stay focused on the road, improving both your efficiency and satisfaction.

Reliable Offline Maps

CoPilot Truck does not need a mobile connection so there’s no risk of being left stranded in mobile dead spots. The maps are stored directly on your phone or tablet. Say goodbye to high data costs or interrupted service 🙂

Test Drive Experience

Includes 14 days FREE offline truck navigation, traffic & route planning all in one app. That’s right, you can try the app without any commitment. If you like the app (we’re sure you will!) you can upgrade to 1 year use of voice-guided navigation and traffic or to the 30 day subscription. Go to Menu > Store to get the upgrade.

Those are just the highlights, so jump in and explore! Download the app update from the App Store today. We hope you enjoy your new CoPilot.

Share your experience with a review or on our user forum.

Just released: New driver-friendly menus, re-designed landscape view, improved traffic & more

The good stuff stays the same but this update brings you improvements based on what is important to drivers. Things like the map zoom buttons, heard that was an important one so we brought them back for iOS users. Find out what’s in it for you:

Landscape View

We know that 52% of drivers use their navigation app in landscape mode and we heard from you that you would like to see more of the map when using CoPilot in landscape mode. With the newest app update you’ll now see more of the map view with directions & ETAs.

Split Screen for iPad

Are you an iPad or Android tablet user? We have great news for you: The new split screen now shows a 3D or 2D map view with directions for clearer guidance. Simple tap on the menu icon and choose “Split Screen” to try it out.

Zoom Buttons

The map zoom buttons are back for iOS! After popular request we re-introduced the plus/minus zoom buttons for easy adjustment of your navigation view. You will find the zoom buttons on the lower left side of the screen.

Improved Menus

We want to make it easy for drivers to access all the tools they need on the road. That’s why we have created bigger buttons in the menus for smooth tapping.

Better Search

We have tweaked the search screen so you can find any place, anywhere. Look for an address by tapping on the “Address” field, search for petrol stations, parking or other POIs, find places online or navigate to one of your contacts or a specific coordinate. Additionally, you can add your home and work address and navigate to your favourites.

Accurate Traffic

With our new smarter traffic updates we’ll frequently check for delays up ahead and further away so you know about changing conditions more quickly. Find out more >

To get the app update, open your App Store or Google Play, find your CoPilot app and install the update. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide >

Highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2017

Tim Cook took to the stage at the annual Apple Developer Conference yesterday to introduce iOS 11, the latest major version of their mobile operating system which powers iPhones and iPads. There are lots of system-wide refinements and new features. See the highlights below:

Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode

The iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence your incoming alerts and notifications. This should make for a safer driving experience and to not be interrupted while at the wheel. You can turn this mode off in case you are a passenger in the car for example. Driver safety has always been central to CoPilot so we’re pleased to see Apple add driver-safety feature directly in iOS.

Augmented Reality Platform

There are new functions available to developers to build AR apps using the device’s inbuilt motion sensors and cameras. The demos they showed looked really impressive.

A Redesigned App Store

For the first-time since its launch, the App Store is getting an overhaul, similar to the look and feel of Apple’s own Music and News apps. There will be a new ‘Today’ section highlighting an app of the day, along with collections of suggested apps and a new section dedicated to just Games which offers highlighted in-app purchases. Plus app store listings can now include additional videos.

iPad Productivity Features

A whole range of iPad-only features were demo’ed including drag & drop, a new app switcher for improved multitasking, customizable dockbar at the bottom which can now have more apps. There’s an improved QuickType keyboard with suggestions based on Apple News articles you’ve read and quicker access to numbers and punctuation. Instant Markup allows you to markup a PDF or screenshot with notes and there’s a new document scanner which can automatically crop the edges. In all it makes the iPad a more productive device for working between multiple apps.

Redesigned Control Center

The layout has been rearranged and now fits on one screen and implements 3D touch for additional options, sliders to adjust volume and brightness. Many of the options are now customizable for the first time too.

Smarter Siri

There are new male and female voices which sound more natural and a new learning system will adapt to the way you use your device to offer more personalized responses based on the time, your location, your interests and Safari favorites etc. A new translation feature for Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish be available (in beta) too.

Improved Messages App

A drawer at the bottom offers options for stickers and message apps. You can now use the app to send money to contacts directly via Apple Pay.

iOS 11 is expected to be released this fall.

Apple also announced new iPad Pro models with improved brighter screens which now supports HDR video and faster refresh rates along with faster processors, improved cameras, and Touch ID 2. The 9.7” model has been replaced with a 10.5” screen model which has a similar sized footprint and smaller bezels.

See more at: https://www.apple.com/