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:

Picture-in-Picture

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.

Notifications

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

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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?

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.